A school and
college guide to
the transition from
school to university
UniTasterDays Note: This blog was provided for the UniTasterDays Teachers' Guide to University by Laura Haveron, whilst she was working for Teesside University.
The transition from school or college to university
can be a big step for students, and the uncertainty
of the present climate may make that step feel
even larger for some.
University study is very different to how many
school students are used to learning, particularly
as many universities are offering online and again in the future hybrid teaching
models (combining online and
on-campus study) to manage social distancing
To develop independence, it is important for
students to do plenty of research before applying
for university. There are lots of things you can do
to help your students with this, which I will outline
Encourage your students to hone their
independent study skills. Reviewing study skills
guides provided on university websites or through
UCAS can prepare students to develop efficient
solo study skills.
Time management is important, especially as
students may be studying at home more often.
At university, students are required to take much
greater control over when, what and how they
study. Make students aware of this and encourage
them to think about how they study best, what
kind of learner they are and how to create study
Although university colleagues will be extremely
supportive both online and in person, new
undergraduates need to be aware that they must
take responsibility for their learning. Choosing a
subject they are passionate about will help with
Academic writing is a skill many students need
to develop at university. Written assessments
can be very different at university to what
students are familiar with, particularly in terms
of research and referencing. Students may find
that their university offers free academic writing
sessions before or when they begin their course.
At Teesside University for example, sessions are
offered online and through our library.
Universities also offer resources and learning
tools to help students manage their learning
to aid their transition to undergraduate study.
Teesside University provides all new full-time
undergraduates with support through its Teesside
University Advance scheme – giving students
the latest Apple iPad, keyboard case and £300 of
credit to spend on course resources and/or data
to ensure they begin university with access to all
they need to succeed.
Your students may have preconceptions about
student life. Inviting universities to speak online or
in-person when restrictions ease to your students will help them build an
accurate picture of this. Here at Teesside University for example, our staff
and student ambassadors deliver presentations
online and at schools and colleges to debunk
myths about student life.
Things may be a little different in the current
climate but universities and the students’ union
are working hard to make sure there are many safe
and accessible activities, online and on campus
for their students. Encourage your students to
make the most of what’s on offer.
Most universities have dedicated
outreach teams who will be happy to deliver
helpful online or in-person sessions for your
students on study skills and more.
Check if universities have any
online resources your students can access.