Published: 18 April 2022
Congratulations on joining the University of Sunderland in London, you have made a great choice that will have a huge impact on your whole future.
You’re joining us at one of the most interesting times possible. Not only are we growing at an amazing rate, welcoming more people into our community than ever before, but this month marks our 10th anniversary.
There’s a reason our campus has thrived for the last decade, seeing business, tourism, nursing, finance, events and hospitality students graduate and go onto high flying careers in their sector.
It’s because of our dedication to supporting you through every stage of your academic journey.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of a few bits of advice you need to think about on your first days and weeks of your studies.
Bring a notepad and pen (or laptop)
The key to being successful in anything is preparation. Getting things ready the day before means you’re not rushing, looking something up ahead of a class will give you the confidence to answer that tricky question your lecturer poses.
One thing people often forget to pack before class is something to take notes with. That could come in the form of a pen and paper (some studies suggest handwriting help with memory retention), or a laptop.
Taking notes in class is a vital first step in engaging with what you’re learning, so double check to not be caught out.
Read up beforehand
Yes, you will have a lot to read throughout your studies. The Library is going to be your new best friend for much of your time with us.
But don’t be tempted to hold off until your classes have started to hit the books. The most successful students start reading straight away.
You’ll already have your book lists, so work your way through them and hit the ground running.
The reason for this is simple – the more you know going in the more you will get out of your classes.
You’ll reduce the risk of getting lost during class discussions, be able to contribute to conversations and build your confidence.
Obviously, this is easier said than done, but getting to know people on your course, as well as others around the University, will help ground you in so many ways.
For one thing you’ll be able to form a study group, benefitting off the knowledge and experience of your classmates.
Of course, getting to know people makes for a more fun and interesting experience in the classroom and externally.
We pride ourselves on our community feel. We’re growing but still a small campus where everyone from the students to the lecturers and support staff are welcoming and easy to get to know.
Putting yourself out there even a little bit will make for a hugely more enjoyable experience.
These are just three simple tips for getting started at the University of Sunderland in London. While there’s so much more for you to learn, you’ll find that following the above is a great way of getting started.
We’re so delighted you decided to come study with us. Welcome to the community.