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How to Tackle Multiple Fields of Study in University

Starting university can be an exciting big step in life.  However, many students enter university unsure of where they want to focus their studies. Instead of limiting yourself to a single course of study (and finding out too late that it may not before you), in some cases it’s good to give more than one a try. 

If you’re uncertain about which courses you want to focus on, and are considering two different ones, read on for some tips on how to tackle multiple fields, and ways to balance your studies when you do. 

Consider a joint honors degree

More and more universities in the UK and elsewhere are offering what’s called a joint honors degree for students who are keen to graduate with knowledge in more than one field. Joint honors degrees work particularly well for students looking to study two similar fields. But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself only to courses that are similar to each other. While it takes more discipline, you can keep your options open by doing a joint study in very different fields. The downside to joint honors degrees can be that students won’t be able to study their chosen fields in as much depth as when doing a single degree, but you can choose which courses you want to lend the most attention to. This way, you can pick and choose what you want to be strongest in. 

Supplement your studies

If you’re thinking that the commitment of a joint degree just isn’t for you, perhaps you want to settle on a single field and try out other classes on the side. People commonly do this with languages while keeping their primary focus on another course. It’s the norm, in these cases, for the language classes to suffer from neglect because your attention is elsewhere. A great way to balance it out is to supplement your add-on lessons with outside sources. In the case of language classes, sites like Listen & Learn, and Duolingo offer affordable as well as flexible ways to add another dimension to your formal language classes and help you to keep your second course of study on track. A quick Google search will help you to find plenty of ways to supplement almost any course of study you have going on on the side! 

Stay organized

Studying multiple courses at the same time can lead to more work and stress, so it’s absolutely essential that you find ways to stay organized.  Lucky for you, technology is here to save the day. There’s a multitude of free online organizational tools like Trackclass which are geared at helping students stay calm and carry on. From making To-do lists, to helping you prioritize assignments, these online implements are great.  In fact, there’s a free app out there for almost anything student related! If you’re a little old-fashioned, just go for a good academic planner. Remember to be rigorous about making those lists and jotting down your schedule and assignments, it’ll create a lot less work and hassle for you in the long run! 

As you can see, it’s not that hard to take on multiple courses, as long as you’re aware of the workload involved, and how to juggle them. Being able to expand your knowledge in many fields is exciting, and you’re sure to emerge a better-rounded individual at the end of your studies! 

This article was written by James on behalf of Listen & Learn.