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Demystifying your first year at Birkbeck

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  1. Demystifying your first year at Birkbeck Angela Dierks Head of My Birkbeck Student Services

  2. Aim provide an overview of the academic year explore how you might be feeling banish myths and misconceptions provide first hand experience of life at Birkbeck

  3. Butterflies

  4. A typical week – your timetable

  5. Get organised • Learn to manage your time effectively • Get a study planner • Identify a study space • Have system in place for study material

  6. Distractions and procrastination • Avoid lots of displacement activities • Check that your study goals are realistic – are you trying to do too much? • Know yourself • Reward yourself • Just do it – something is better than nothing • Talk to your family members/friends asking them to respect your study time • Identify your time wasters

  7. The first year – 3 terms • Spring (9th January – 23rd March) • Summer (23rd April until 6th July) • Autumn (1st October – 14th December)

  8. Spring– what to expect • 11 weeks • 1st week induction; student handbook; getting to know staff and fellow students • Teaching – lectures, seminars, labs • Reading week half way through – catch up or get ahead • Stay Ahead Motivated programme– February • Preparing for assessment/exams – February/March • Meeting first deadline – March/April

  9. Summer Term • 11 weeks • Using feedback from term one assessments to “feed forward” • Revisit and review work from Spring term • Exam revision – consider taking block of annual leave? • Exams – always during the working day • Preparing for next year • Update your CV • Enjoy the break!

  10. Autumn Term • Consolidating knowledge from previous terms • Teaching – lectures, seminars, labs • Reading week half way through – catch up or get ahead • Stay Ahead Programme – November • Preparing for assessment – December

  11. Support services • Birkbeck Students Union (incl. Advice Centre and Counselling Service) • Birkbeck Careers Service • IT Services • Disability and Dyslexia Support • International Office • Learning support and study sk • Library Services • Nursery • Student Centre

  12. Five fast facts • There is 24 hour access to the building – study rooms are always available – Room 536 • There are showers available – ask reception for the key • There is a cash machine and prayer room at the School of Oriental and African Studies • ULU has the largest swimming pool in central London – gym is £26.00 direct debit but can pay daily £4.50 • Buy one get one free at the BBK bar on a Friday …