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Day One

Moving in on the day was an exciting and quite a daunting process. Spending the first night on your own is strange for everyone, even though others may pretend it isn’t. The main thing is to remind yourself why you are at Universityand getting through the first week events and registration as well as having fun and meeting new people.

Remember the people in first week you meet, (other than flatmates), will more than likely not stay in contact once the course starts but this is really not an issue, as naturally people make friends when they share similar circumstances. Basically, don’t worry, take on board and enjoy

Introduction and Welcome to the University

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An inspiring talk at the Octagon Centre by the University Chancellor reminded us to enjoy as much as we can every moment at University and never miss out on an opportunity. A real great way to again remind everyone why they came and what they will achieve if they come to University with the right frame of mind.  


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Joining societies and getting involved in the ‘GIVE IT GO’ scheme that the University offers are a great way of assimilating into the ‘Student Life.’ I put this in inverted commas as I don’t think there is such thing as thee student life. The student life is whatever you want it to be and no one can or should be able to change that for you. With over 300+ societies, there is surely something the university can offer. If not, start your own with 4 others…

Starting the course

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After fresher’s week, what you worked over 14+ years of school for begins. You are there doing what you like to do and like most things, the course WILL be challenging but that no course is designed to be any easy ride. In any case, you will be assigned a personal tutor for your course duration who are there to help in the most private and confidential way. In addition to this, the 301 Study Skills centre on Glossop Road offers help in specific difficulties which many students may face during their period of study.

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Reading Week

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Reading week (usually within the first two weeks of November) is the perfect opportunity to read around your course. Don’t just follow course recommendations, test your research limits and use the three main sources for information (Diamond, IC and Western Bank) to improve your skills. Reading week also provides a great opportunity to spend one or two days at home and remind yourself the Christmas break isn’t too far away…

”Only if you’ve been in the deepest v
alley can you ever know how magnificent it is, to be on the highest mountain.” Richard M. Nixon (Tricky Dick) – Possibly not the greatest person to quote, but one to remember nonetheless…

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We are 301 Student Skills and Development Centre and we give academic skills advice to our students at the University of Sheffield. We offer workshops and 1:1 appointments.

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