1 What is university really like?

It’s hard to know what university is like until you get there, and all universities are different.  In some ways it’s easier to describe what university isn’t! Well, everyone says that it is not like school or college, or work, or home. So, what IS university really like? We aim to give you a realistic view, based on things students told us they wish they had known.

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9 Meeting people at university

Many students find meeting new people and making friends amongst the most exciting but also most difficult aspects of starting university. This activity should help you to get started.

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11 What is group work really like?

Working in a group with other students is part of university study. Many students worry about it, and some have real problems with it. This activity looks at the main issues people have with group work and gives you some practical tips for your own study.

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12 What are seminars really like?

Seminars provide an opportunity to explore topics by discussion, and to identify and resolve any questions that may arise after lectures.  This section will look at how to prepare for a seminar, and what to expect from one.

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13 What are computer lab sessions really like?

On technical courses such as Computing, Computer Forensics, Games Design or Creative Technology you will spend a lot of tutorial time in a computer lab. Whilst you’ll often focus on what you’re coding or designing, you may also take part in discussions and group tasks, like in a traditional seminar. Read this article to learn more about the nature of lab sessions.

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14 Managing conflict

Different people have different expectations and styles of working or living together. Sometimes that can lead to conflict. This article will help you recognise causes of conflict and proposes strategies to resolve it.

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16 How to reduce anxiety and stress

It is normal to feel anxious when starting something new, like a university course. All students can feel stress at difficult times of the year, such as during exam periods or when there is a lot happening in their lives. It can sometimes be hard to relax. This article is about helping you to manage these feelings and includes tips from other autistic students.

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