University can be a challenge at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze the most out of your money and time there if you try. This is always a balancing act between personal effort and the temptation to socialize each and every night, but sooner or later taking care of your own approach is an important measure to consider. So how do you get the most from your university education, and to what extent can these methods help you?
It’s worth asking these questions, because otherwise, it’s very easy to start functioning on autopilot. Of course, there’s no reason to chastise yourself for this, we all function this w ay from time to time. Yet when you notice it, switching back on and then using the opportunity to refine your goals will always be worthwhile.
What’s best for one person at university is not always the best for another, and that’s simply in the nature of taking a specific course. But with this priority set, we can begin to adopt the following techniques:
Attending UK study tours can be a viable use of your time, because not only can they help you connect with parts of history you were unaware of, but you can attend for a real, practical educational purpose. Getting out into the world to see locations you have only theorized about, or to see the home of a great writer, or to be inspired by great artwork really hammers home that while textbooks and documentaries can seem rather stuffy, especially when set as assigned work we much report on, all education is concerned with very real happenings, crafts and disciplines that have real effects on the real, material world.
It can be important to grasp extra opportunities that you find interesting. For instance, if your university lecturer needs help with a personal project, perhaps as part of your directing class, volunteering to come along, grab coffees, and to keep your ears open and mouth closed could teach you more than you may learn in weeks otherwise. Never downplay the potential of an opportunity. You may meet people for further networking, or perhaps the opportunity could extent to something greater than you had anticipated. You never know what will happen.
Read around your subject to the extent that you can. To continue to use the film example, it might be that you’re taking the directing specialism, but you could also gain plenty from reading about the history of art direction, or cinematography, or even into the craft of painting, as everything that helps you nurture your frame is a relevant consideration. The more we can keep a cohesive view of our studies, no matter what they may be, the better we can do. For instance, optional extra reading material may really help you out in the upcoming practical tests should you take that extra time to try, even if that means sacrificing two or three nights out.
With this advice, we hope you can continue to squeeze the best out of your university education. We know you’ll do just fine.