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Make the most of your studies

BU is a great university that offers all sorts of ways to support and enhance your studying experience. MSc Public Health graduate Lauren shares her tips to optimise your study experience:

  1. Find your preferred study environment
    Do you work best at home, the library or perhaps somewhere a bit different like a coffee shop or even an outdoor environment? BU offers a range of spaces for you to study in including several open access computer areas, silent study areas and student lounges.
     
  2. Use study support opportunities
    Have a look at the Study Skills tab on myBU (BU’s virtual learning environment), which contains information on:
    • referencing
    • reading and writing skills
    • presentations
    • statistics
    • revision and more.
       

    You can also attend workshops on these or have a one-to-one on the topics with your department’s study skills adviser. Similarly, the IT team offers one-to-one support and group workshops on the following: ​

    • Microsoft Word
    • Powerpoint
    • Excel
    • Running statistical analyses using SPSS.​
       
  3. Take advantage of the library
    The BU library team is there to help – they know their stuff. There are books, journals, print materials and online journals. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ask. You don’t even have to be in the library to ask a question: they’re contactable through live online chat during working hours and always via email.
     
  4. Learn a language
    Studying can be intense and you may find yourself more productive if you mix up your compulsory studies with a different type of learning. BU offers lots of free resources to help you learn a new language, including access to online virtual lessons with Michel Thomas and conversation clubs with native speakers. Currently on offer are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin and Chinese…
     
  5. Take a break
    Overwork leads to burnout and more hours worked doesn’t necessarily mean getting more done. Relax, look after yourself and have some fun! Join a club or society and get fully immersed in the student community – from pursuing a hobby or trying a new sport. Healthy body, healthy mind and all…