If you are studying for a degree in the UK, you might get the option of selecting your modules at some point during your University degree. Making module choices is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a university student, so it is important to think about this decision carefully
So here are a few tips that might come in handy!
- One important tip is to choose modules you love! This is because you have a greater chance of excelling on those modules, because you enjoy them which means that working hard on these module would come naturally, which would lead you to perform better on them. There are three things I think determine whether you would potentially like a module:
- Is it an area you’ve had some interest in before? Essentially, do you generally like that area or find it interesting? For example, I picked Family law in my final year because I had interned in a Family law firm the previous year so I had developed a bit of interest in Family law and this ended up making a huge difference, because the topics weren’t so new to me when I started the course, which made the course easier to understand.
- The lecturer taking the module. Do you like their style of teaching? Do you find them easy to understand/follow in class? Are they approachable? If you find a teacher difficult to follow, this could affect your understanding of the course, which could have an adverse effect on your performance on the course.
- Is the course exam assessed or coursework assessed and which do you prefer?The first thing to consider is whether you prefer exams or coursework as a mode of assessment. The second thing you need to consider here is what semester the course will be running in. For example, in the first semester where you have only a month (i.e. the Christmas Break) to prepare for your exams, I would not advise taking on too many coursework assessed modules, because you might not have enough time to work through them, as opposed to the second semester where you have more time to prepare (including the Easter break) which gives you plenty of time for research, if you have mainly coursework assessed modules.
- Attend school talks/ seminars– Some universities tend to provide talks and seminars for the purpose of guiding students with their module choices. I will strongly advise attending these talks/seminars if available at your university. Teachers of the modules being offered also tend to be involved in these talks, which is an advantage, as they give the students an in depth view of the courses that the university offers.
- Ask Questions! This is also an important point. I would advise speaking to students that have taken the courses you are interested in, because they are likely to give you a better perspective on these courses, especially since they have taken them in the past. You could also speak to the teachers themselves or check the course outlines on your university website for more information about the different courses, which could be helpful in making your decision.
I think I covered everything!
Goodluck on the rest of your degree!
Tunrie is a lifestyle blogger at twentytwocrowns.com – an online platform dedicated to encouraging and empowering university students by providing practical tips, advice and lessons. She also blogs about her other passions such as fashion, art, writing and photography.