Get the most out of your time at university

Our specialist university preparation programme is called, ‘University Fast Track’.  It is delivered by mentors who will help you to settle in quickly, get the most out of your time at university and prepare you for a first job after graduation. 

University is often a young person’s first real experience of independence. Even if you’ve spent years at a British boarding school or have studied overseas, starting at university is always a major change. It is also an increasingly important gateway to the world of work. Simply Learning Tuition’s university fast-track programme matches you with a mentor who knows what you’re going through. Your fast-track mentor will help you to settle in quickly, get the most out of your time at university and prepare you for a first job after graduation.

Good advice before you start university makes all the difference to your experience. In fact, you’re over 50% less likely to drop out if well informed about your course beforehand. A mentor’s advice sets expectations, provides reassurance that “you’re not alone” and helps you navigate the challenges of everyday life at university.  What might my typical week look like? How easy will it be to make friends? Which halls of residence are right for me? How easy is it to change course? How much money will I need to spend on what? Where are good places to buy the food that I like? Your mentor will visit you at your family home or UK school before arrival. He/she will talk you through what university life is really like and help you with any questions – no matter how big or small – that you might have.

“Learning to learn” in a university environment

“There’s a look in the eyes of many first year students when they realise… no one tells you what to do at university”.
Research shows that most undergraduate students feel A- Levels have not prepared them for their degree. The academic freedom of university is often said to be a “sink or swim” experience. Students used to a highly structured or supported approach to learning at school tend to find this change particularly challenging.  However “learning to learn” – i.e. developing the self- management of learning – is a skill that can be improved to ease this transition. Essay writing and critical analysis skills can also be developed. For students with special educational needs – like dyslexia and attention deficit disorder – we can make sure that the right help is at hand to provide additional support.

How do I know if I’m doing OK academically?

It can be tough to know how you’re really doing at university – often the only feedback you get is an occasional essay mark and a grade at the end of each year. It is no wonder that “assessment and feedback” is the lowest scoring area of satisfaction on the UK National Student Survey.  Your mentor can help you keep track of the academic progress that you’re making. You will be supported in reflecting on the feedback and grades you receive. He/she is also there to help you get most out of your interactions with the university’s teaching staff.  In addition, your mentor can put you in touch with SLT’s network of subject specialist tutors, if you have detailed questions about your course that need deep subject expertise.

Getting the most out of your university experience

Your time at university is an investment of tens of thousands of pounds in “you”. That’s an investment not just in your grade and career prospects but also in the experience of university and friendships that will last for life.  A whole host of clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities await you. But which will you enjoy the most? Which do students tend to stick with versus drop off? Where are you most likely to meet like-minded friends? And what happens when things don’t quite go to plan? 39% of students find it difficult to manage day-to-day finances and almost everyone wonders if other students are having more fun. The independence of university is exciting and empowering but along with this comes highs, lows and many new challenges.

A mentor who’s already been through the cycle of undergraduate life can provide an independent perspective and find you additional support if needed.

Preparing for internships and careers

There’s no doubt that 100% of university careers services are under-resourced. And yet, as global competition and the multiplicity of jobs increases, so too does the importance of careers advice that’s tailored for you; i.e. advice that starts with your aspirations rather than fits you into a pre-existing box.But what really is the right job for you? And how do you maximize your chances of getting that job? What kind of extra- curricular activities will help you? How important are internships? Who can tell you what a career in the city is like in reality? What does a great CV and cover letter look like? How should you best prepare yourself for interview? A mentor can act as an independent advisor throughout your university experience. He/she can ensure you have the additional support – providing introductions and developing applications – to help you get the internship and first job that’s right for you.

University fast-track programme is offered as part of our international tuition service:
o Two day “before you start” programme*: £600**
o Termly mentoring package (2 hours per fortnight): £770 per term o Additional support on hourly basis: on request

* At your family home or school. London study centre available on request ** Any mentor travel or accommodation costs are additional