Learning is more self-directed
Unlike at school, you are now completely responsible for ensuring you get your work done on time and to a high standard. Whilst they’re there for support, your lecturers won’t be checking up on your progress and it is your responsibility to motivate yourself to get to the library and meet all your deadlines. Sounds daunting – but you’ll know your deadlines early on, and with some careful planning and a bit of willpower you’ll likely adapt before you know it.
Learning is more independent and ideas-based
Your lectures will introduce you to the core ideas around a given topic, and seminars will provide a fantastic opportunity to discuss ideas and encounter new viewpoints. But unlike at school, where much of your assessment revolved around recalling facts, at uni you will need to do more critical thinking and personal research in order to develop new arguments and ideas – which is a really exciting opportunity.