Dear Aspect, what do I do if I do not like one of my chosen modules?
Hope: There is always going to be something you can do about this issue, the first is to stick it out for the first few weeks. Think of a module as a person, you might get a bad first impression of someone and decide that you don’t like them. However, when you spend more time with this person, you begin to realise that you actually do like them. Sometimes you can begin a module on the wrong foot and it sets your impressions and mindset on this module badly. Although, if you know that you are not going to enjoy the module then go and speak to your module leader, academic advisor, or course leader. They will be able to sit down with you and discuss why you are not enjoying it and what can be done. Remember, there is going to be a deadline on when you can switch modules. If you leave it too late then you will not be able to switch modules as you will have missed too much work. Like I said, if you’re in doubt then go speak to someone related to that module or course.
Sam: In most cases, your university will offer you the chance to change your modules after the first few weeks of starting your course. However, I would suggest sticking out for more than one lesson just because the introduction is always the most gruelling point and once you get stuck into the module it gets much more interesting. Definitely take some time to consider your options beforehand, but if you strongly feel that this module is not what you expected, there is a chance to make some adjustments depending on how full the classes are. Just be sure to not leave this too late otherwise you would have missed a lot of work.
What if it’s a module that I have to do?
Hope: You are not always going to enjoy a compulsory module, the fact that they are compulsory being one of the reasons. The best thing you can do is make the most out of it. For example, I do not like doing the practical modules for my degree, however, I know that if I let this disdain get the better of me then I am not going to achieve the best grade I can. At the end of the day, you have to remember that your grade and degree depend on the amount of work and effort you put into your modules. Your tutors and lecturers are there for more than just teaching, if you have any difficulties or concerns then go and speak to them about it. You have to remember that you are not completely alone in your university experience and there are many people who can help you, much more than you think.
Sam: Compulsory modules are often the most crucial when it comes a new skill, so it’s there for a reason. These are the foundations for your chosen study so as much as you might not like it, it is the integral part. I wasn’t really a fan of my first year modules, but they did help with my general knowledge and gave me the basis to partake in the modules I chose for myself in my second year. However, you’re not alone. I’m sure a lot of your course mates will feel the same, everyone has that one module they’re forced to take. Just remember to keep up the same effort as you would your other modules because every grade will count.
Hey Aspect, I feel like I am overwhelmed with module work and assessments!
Hope: The best thing you can do is schedule your time. Some weeks other modules will have priority over others and it may change the week after, so create a new schedule at the end of every week (Sunday nights) and prioritise your time accordingly. Think about when assessments are due, which lectures are going to be online before others, and if you need to schedule any group work. You have probably heard this many times during your educational years but try and do the hard work first. In your head, you will want to do the easy work first because you can do it. That means you leave the hard work last and then it takes longer to do or never gets done because you don’t want to do it. Honestly, you will feel miles better if you get all the hard work out of the way first.
Sam: A good routine is key to avoiding burn-out, you just have to make sure you’re scheduling in a substantial amount of free time. First you need to plan your deadlines, find out when they are and make sure they’re noted down. Then, you can organise your work around that so it doesn’t get on top of you. Just make sure you get the majority of your work done a bit before the deadline so that you have enough time to check it over and are not rushing at the very last minute.