For mature students, from current mature students
The list of top tips has been compiled by other mature students studying at Queen's along with contributions from 21Plus team (within Learning Development Service and Widening Participation at Queen's)
- Be proud of yourself for having the courage to take the plunge to return to university!
- Make yourself known to your personal tutor
- Use your time at university wisely – find a good study space
- Ask lecturers for permission to record lectures
- Keep up to date with reading material
- Listen carefully for clues from the lecturer on what areas are important, for example: if they repeat the same information, they stress an interest in a particular piece of research, a particular significant figure etc.
- Ask questions if you are unsure and don’t be afraid to.
- Seek out additional help with writing skills, IT etc – The SGC will provide details of relevant workshops etc.
- Ask for help to understand feedback so you can improve your next piece of work.
- Volunteer for your school and take part in peer mentoring schemes etc – This is a great way to get to staff/students and also to develop your communication, presentation skills.
- Don’t be afraid to make friends, put yourself out there – everyone’s in the same boat.
- Be kind to yourself and enjoy student life – it flies by!