Preparing to study In 'Before you arrive' Starting University videosWhat to packBefore you arriveAccommodationHealth and wellbeingMaking friendsPreparing to studyManaging your moneyDeveloping your skillsGuild of Students Back to 'Welcome' Most students find that university study is different from school or college - you will be in charge of your own learning, do independent research, and be responsible for your own progress. The resources below will help you develop the skills you need to get the most out of this new way of learning. How is university study different? Students at the University talk about their experience of study here: "University is all about being independent." "The lecturers set you in the right direction and show you where to go, but it’s up to you to go and do the research." "You’re given a broad outline of what’s required and it’s up to you to bring to it your own personal perspective and make the question your own and the research your own." "You have to have the dedication to do it yourself." Preparing for learning: why wait? Although your course will require you to develop specific discipline and academic skills (which your School or Department will explain to you), you can begin to work on developing your study skills and effective learning skills now. Get ahead by taking a look at these sessions run by Library Services - make sure you sign up early! Check out our Skills4Uni resource, and try a taster of our interactive skills4study Campus study skills resources on preparing for academic study. You will find our Academic Skills Centre website a useful starting point for your all your study skills queries. Improving your English The English for International Students Unit (EISU) offers English language courses to help you improve your English both before and during your studies. Study support at the University Are you worried about coping with university-level study? The University has a wide range of study support on offer to help you make the most of your studies. Student Diary Student Diaries will be disseminated to new undergraduate students by Schools and Departments (usually at induction sessions) to help you plan your study. Returning and postgraduate students can purchase a student diary from the online shop or from Aston Webb reception (from August). We would love to hear your feedback on our site. Please fill out this form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Was this page useful? Yes, this page was usefulNo, this page was not useful Comments or suggestions? Submit Student views "One of the main things that helped me settle into university to begin with were the lectures I had in my first week."