Top 4 Tips For New Students In 2017
If you go online or even flick through any of the free magazines that are lying around in your Sixth Form common room, there will be a plethora of information available to you on all manner of student issues; from finance to accommodation.
With all this information being thrown at you during such an important time for your studies, it can all get a little bit daunting. So, who do you listen to and what is the soundest advice as you look to wrap up your A-Levels once and for all?
The team here at Studential have joined forced with a few of closest allies around the student demographic and come up with the following quick-fire tips, which we think will stand you in great stead for the next chapter of your life. No sales, no jargon; just good honest advice.
Make Sure You Get All Your Discounts
You will already be well aware that as a student, you will be able to take advantage of a myriad of discounts and promotions during your tenure at University. You will most likely get a booklet containing these at your Freshers Fayre, which will contain coupons from all the participating stores.
There will be local businesses after your custom as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for all the student deals you can.
Remember also, one of the biggest student discounts out there is your council tax from which you will be exempt. You do need to fill out the appropriate paperwork to ensure you don’t get a bill though so make sure this is one of the first things you do when you move into your student accommodation.
You can find out more about Council Tax Discounts here.
Could You Get Free Cash To Study?
There is a strong chance that there are scholarships, bursaries and grants available for your course that you may not be aware of, so get researching these well before you start at University. It will well worth looking into the Educational Grants Advisory Service and you can also perform a scholarship search.
These can sometimes be very specific down to your demographic, religion, course or family situation – but looking into this is certainly prudent. Remember though, that this cash is meant for your studies and not for your social life, so you may be asked to justify this and how it will have a positive impact on your studies.
Time Management Plan For Your Studies
Away from the theme of finance and accommodation, one of the best pieces of advice we can give you is centred around your time management when you start at University.
Although you are likely to be in the middle of an arduous period of study, revision and socialising right now and think you have it all covered; it is a completely different ball game at Uni. You will have far more distractions, a new set of surroundings, new friends and more work, so it will require a more stringent study plan.
As soon as you get to University, we would recommend creating a detailed schedule of your lectures, seminars, sports socials and other commitments so you can start to control exactly how much time you have for partying and socialising. The majority of first year students who have to drop out or repeat a year have simply failed to get themselves organised when they arrive to University and just don’t recover.
Arrange Your Finances Early
Our final tip for success whilst at University is predictably another finance based one and could mean the difference between being broke every month and being able to take advantage of everything you want to when studying for your degree. We recommend arranging all your finances as soon as you move into your student house or halls of residence as this will set a precedent for the rest of your time away.
Create a spreadsheet (or go old school with a pad and pen if you prefer) and list all your outgoings and incoming cash including loans, then work out exactly what this means for you on a weekly basis. It can be only too easy to get your student loan and have a week on the tiles before you realise all the bills you need to pay and the fact that you are already in dire straights.
If you calculate what you have available for your social life every week, then you can ensure the likelihood of this happening is slim to say the least. If you do the sensible thing and get a part time job to support your studies, then you can factor this in and better still, this can essentially be your disposable income if you manage to pay your bills and other outgoings with your loans and current bank balance.
This will be a great process for you during your three years or more at University and as you move into shared houses, you will also want to play hardball with all of your energy companies and mobile phone providers etc.
As a student, they may try to roll you over onto expensive contracts, so be sure to put on your poker face and speak to cancellations whenever your contract is up for renewal and you will find yourself on a lower rate in no time.
Follow these steps and we think you will find falling into student life to be a breeze and hopefully, you won’t make some of the classic mistakes that can make that transition that little bit trickier. All the best!
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