Get your second year off to a winning start by making the most of your university experiences so far. You may have done really well in your first year and would like to sustain this, or you may want to improve on your first year.
However you feel you performed, you can continue to develop your academic skills and learn how to be more successful.
Whether you are already in your second year or even coming to the end of your first year, you can ease your path into the second year by building on what you have learnt so far. Take some time to think about your first year – you will probably have attended lectures and seminars, received marks and feedback for assignments, and sat exams and received your marks.
You might be going back home or you might be staying in Leeds over the summer, but you can still use Library resources wherever you are. Try doing some reading to maintain your interest in your subject or to help you understand a subject you struggled with in your first year.
Look at the feedback you received throughout your first year; it’s important to use this in a constructive way to improve your future work.
If you're struggling to identify what areas you need to work on, take a look at our feedback pages for top tips on how to interpret your feedback and use it in a positive way to improve your work.
Make an action plan of how you will address and improve in each area:
Doing this will help you to reflect on what you have learnt in your first year, and also mean you can find things again easily if you need to go back over that material in your second or third year.
You have some space on the University desktop so consider using that to back up your electronic notes – you can access Desktop Anywhere from Minerva and anything you save here will be available on the university network.
In order to meet all of your academic deadlines and still have time to enjoy life, it is vital to manage your time at University. This year it’s really important to be able to stay in control of your work by managing your time and being productive.
Make a plan of the semester, including all of your commitments: lectures, seminars, labs, meetings, part-time jobs, clubs and societies, and keep adding to it.
Create a weekly plan of the work you need to do that week, along with any important deadlines for assignments or seminar reading. Plan how you will fit this in alongside your usual university and personal commitments, and make sure you prioritise what needs to be done first.
For more practical tips, including examples of planning your key tasks, visit our time management pages.
Video - Students talk about managing their workloads