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Getting a good degree

Attendance

At Manchester Met, we want to make sure you get the support you need throughout your studies. Student experience research consistently links a good degree to attendance and overall engagement with your course and tutors.

Some classes may require you to register your attendance online; others require you to sign a register in class. You can find out more about attendance from your tutors, the Student Hub or the attendance website.

Time management

Managing your time is an important part of University, as you want to make the most of your time while you’re here. Learning to balance your studies, extra-curricular activities and your social life can be challenging. Many students keep a diary to manage commitments, some prefer electronic diaries or calendars and others prefer hardcopy – find out what works best for you. See the sample checklist below of what you may want to include in your diary:

  • Assignment deadlines
  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Paid work/employment
  • Student society events/workshops.
  • Sports Wednesdays
  • Weekends away.

Online study skills support is also available to you once you are enrolled, through the Skills Online area in Moodle. Skills Online features helpful interactive resources on a range of study skills topics, including ‘Balancing the Pressures of University’.

Essay writing

If essay writing is something that worries you, Student Support Officers run regular workshops throughout the academic year, or if you require individual support you can contact your Faculty Student Support Officer.

Structure, academic writing style, content, the development of ideas and referencing, are all essential skills required to write a great essay. You will want to ensure that you have a handle on the basics of essay writing before submitting your first essay.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Note-taking

Effective note-taking techniques are crucial to make sure you get the most out of seminars, lectures and independent reading for reference later when writing notes up for assignments. 

You may find that you have a preferred technique or that different strategies suit different purposes. You can find out more about note-taking by booking an appointment with your Student Support Officer or this may be covered in study skills workshops, which are held throughout the year.

Once enrolled, you can also use the Skills Online resource on Moodle.

Improve your writing skills and numeracy skills

The Numeracy Project is aware students often prefer receiving support from their peers; The Maths Café has a dedicated team of Data Buddies who are trained to offer peer assisted learning support to all students.

If you feel intimated about asking for numerical help from academic staff please visit the ‘Pop-up’ Maths Café. For more information, please email maths.cafe@mmu.ac.uk or visit the Numeracy Skills website.

The writing project is a free ten-week course to help improve your English writing skills. The course is for any Manchester Metropolitan University-enrolled student who would like to improve the way they write at university level.

The course will focus mainly on style, punctuation, grammatical accuracy, organisation and how to paraphrase and summarise effectively. The premise is that all students can improve their English, whether they are undergraduates, postgraduates or PhD students.

You can choose a course that suits your needs – courses are run at Manchester and Cheshire. There will be a 1.5 hour face-to-face session with your tutor each week plus online homework. For more information, please visit the Writing Project website.

Hours of study

University isn’t all about your timetabled classes, there are many other aspects of study that need to be considered while at University. Each of your units will require around 300 hours of effort from you. This is broken down into three elements:

  1. Attendance at classes
    lectures, seminars, practicals, tutorials etc.
  2. Private study
    this is the work you do on your own or in groups.
  3. Assessment
    this is the time you spend on preparing for and participating in assessments.

Personal tutor

In your first few weeks of University life, every student will meet their personal tutor. You will be expected to meet with your personal tutor so that they can get to know you and learn about your aims for your course and your future. Your personal tutor is there to help you through University and you can ask them about any matter which may be concerning to you – all tutors have office hours when they are available.

Personal tutors know about all the support available in the University and may refer you to a specialist colleague.

Personal tutors will discuss with you:

  • How you are settling into your course
  • What your career aspirations are
  • What units you are enjoying and any you find difficult
  • Your attendance and engagement with Moodle
  • Your preparation for assessment and feedback afterwards
  • Any personal difficulties you may be facing
  • What extra-curricular activities you are involved in.

Get to know your personal tutor – they are a great resource and their role is to support you.