Useful Tips

So, here are a few tips which should help to ease your transition into University and they might be useful things to start thinking about now, so that you are well supported from the outset.

Time

You will need to find time to juggle your studying with any other commitments you may also have. It is important for family members/partners to realise that there will be times when you have to prioritise university study over other activities. Some mature students find it useful to treat university study as though it is a full-time job, which means staying on campus and studying in the library in between lectures and seminars, and then returning home at the end of the day with the freedom to concentrate on other commitments.

 

Study Environment

If you are planning to do a lot of studying at home, think about the best place for you to do it, and the best time of day. Also consider setting up a rota for use of the computer if you are sharing it with others. It is also worth setting out your ‘quiet time’ with your family, so they know when they are NOT allowed to disturb you!

 

Involving family and friends in your new life

It is important to involve your family and friends in your new life, so that they don’t feel excluded. You will naturally grow in confidence over the course of the next few years and those close to you may feel an emotional impact because of this. Consider showing them the campus, or discussing your subject matter with them. You can also bring friends/ partners with you to some of the mature student socials that we organise which is a great way to encourage them to feel part of your student experience.

 

Feelings of Isolation

It is possible to feel isolated as a mature student, particularly if you find yourself just coming in for your lectures and seminars and then returning home. Your time here will be a lot more rewarding if you mix with other students and get involved with University life. We understand that you may have other commitments that stop you from joining lots of societies and socialising every evening. With that in mind, we have developed a mature student mentoring scheme aimed at making your transition into the first year at University as smooth as possible. There are also the clubs and societies which are run by the Students’ Union to consider, and opportunities to become involved with the volunteering projects run by Student Skills Development.


Personal and Emotional Issues

If you have any personal issues whilst at university, please don’t hesitate to call into Student Welfare to discuss your situation in confidence with a member of staff. We can liaise with your academic department on your behalf if this is necessary. You can also access the Counselling Service while you are a student at the University of Chester. The University counsellors also run workshop sessions which focus on particular issues such as motivation and confidence. Workshops are advertised via the University SharePoint Portal.

 

Confidence and Motivation

It is natural that you may lack in confidence and motivation at certain points during your first year. Try to keep in mind the reasons that you had for choosing to come to university in the first place. Attempt to pinpoint the reasons you have for lacking in confidence and motivation and then seek help from the appropriate people within the University, such as:

  • the Wellbeing and Mental Health Team in Student Futures
  • the Counselling Service
  • Student Skills Development
  • your Personal Academic Tutor
  • or a Mature Student Mentor

All will do their utmost to support you in keeping your studies on track.