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macstudent
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timetable tips/advice

Heya,

I'm about to start first year uni  and working out my timetable. Anyone out there able to give me advice on the best combo for lectures and tutes? Which one should go first? And is it important to keep them close together for each subject, or best to have a break in between?  Also, are pracs better before or after tutes? thanks.

jbh
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Re: timetable tips/advice

As someone who has been a student for many, many a year... (I both work and study at RMIT)

 

 - Tute before lecture's a great way to vex ya, lecture before tute will usually suit. OK, I made that up, and I'm not apologising. That said - a lot of courses will wait until the second week to start tutes. Pracs are occasional things and there's no need to try and place them carefully.

 - Days without Uni are the holy grail because the freedom to work a full day shift is very appealing to casual employers. Failing that, try and get afternoons free so you can offer afternoon/evening shifts. If you can work during the week, weekends are then free for social life and study.

 - Gaps between classes need to either be long enough to do something with the time, or not at all. You'll have enough time to get between classes. Two-hour gaps are long enough to go do some exercise or a decent study session, one hour is not.

 

The advice I wish I'd been given (and listened to, in all fairness) when I went into first year is that you'll probably have to study harder than you actually think, and that above all the best skill you can get is the ability to schedule (and stick to it). Time management is key and the more you can do to help yourself with it, the better.

 

Come have a look at some of the study support offerings we have at RMIT, too - Study and Learning Centre is the way to go with this.

 

Cheers!

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macstudent
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Re: timetable tips/advice

thanks so much jbh! That's been a real help.

 

I was thinking a similar thing but it's always nice to hear it from someone else who's part of the same engine you're heading into. I've previously studied design (which is waaaaay different to what I'm about to start) and the schedule was set up completely different to tutes and lectures.

 

You're advice has made me feel a lot less annoyingly worried about how to mamage my timetable. I'll definitely make the most of RMIT's services.

 

Thanks again. :-)