Preparing to Study
Supporting you to transition to study in a higher education environment.
Starting university can be an exciting period of life with lots of fantastic opportunities ahead, but it can also come with some challenges. Feeling nervous or apprehensive during the first few weeks at university is very common and it may take some time to settle in. During this time, make sure you are looking after yourself and seeking support when needed.
To give you the best possible start to your course, we encourage you to complete Study Smart, a free online course which we’ve created especially for all of our new undergraduate students.
Student Minds have produced this excellent Know before you go guide to navigating the start of university life.
Develop your study practices
The way in which you learn at university may be quite different from what you're used to. The focus is on independent study. This means it's up to you to ensure you complete the required reading and assignments for your course. Research plays a big part in many courses too, even at undergraduate level, and you'll be expected to find sources of information and cite them in your work.
Take time think about what studying at a higher level will entail and how you'll be expected to engage with your course and with the academic and support staff here. Your time at Reading will provide you with every opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally.
Part of your university education will be learning how to learn. You'll not only be building up your subject knowledge, but also developing your study practices and learning new ones so you can work at a more complex level. This process is just as important as learning about your subject and is part of what makes higher education so valuable. There are plenty of people and resources available to support you in this. Make sure you know who they are and what they can do for you. Make the most of the opportunities available to you and of your potential to do well.
As a Reading student, you will have access to a menu of support services to meet your wellbeing and academic needs should you need it. Study Support includes:
- Support from our study advice team including help from quick queries to in-depth 121 appointments.
- The Study Smart course created just for you p you transition to learning in a higher education environment.
- The University Library and its Academic Liaison Librarians can assist with access to information and resources to make the most of your studies - using the library.
- Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a globally recognised scheme where students in the same subject work with each other, and in partnership with a supportive academic. Find out more.
- Reading Students' Union also provide academic advice and support.
- Supporting our International community - International students have access to professional and confidential support on all aspects of student life and living in the UK. See how we support the global community at Reading and information on preparing to study in the UK.