Welcome To Criminology
Before you arrive in September:
Supporting Your Success
Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:
- Library and Learning Services, including our Academic Librarian and Learning Development Teams
- Academic and Pastoral Support from your Personal Tutor and our Student Support and Advice Team
- The Student Information Desk who can signpost you to our specialist support services
- The University of Northampton Students’ Union – for clubs and societies, sports and other social activities, as well as support, information and guidance
Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.
Resources & Activities
Preparing For Your First Year Of Study
Top five study tips from the Learning Development team!
1. Be Prepared
Becoming a university student requires you to step up your independent learning skills. You need to be able to plan, research and write assignments on your own, which may be something you have not done before. Read through Palgrave's tips for Personal Effectiveness and Independent Study to learn more about the skills you will start to develop as a new undergraduate.
2. Invest in a planner
Independent learning means that you are in control of your timetable and how you spend your time, so use your time wisely. You will be given times and locations of seminars, workshops and other sessions you have to attend as part of your course at the start. You will also need to allocate time for reading, researching and completing assignments, as well as for all your social activities: get a head start by watching our video What is time management?
3. Fine tune your voice
You might worry that you will not be able to write at the level expected of a university student. At the University of Northampton we take this into consideration and provide lots of support to help you. Go to our online support for academic writing for further guidance.
4. Get into an argument
Writing critically and developing an argument for your essays and reports is a skill that you will develop throughout your first year of university. Review the guide on how to write more critically to help you understand the process to enhance your critical thinking
5. Know who can help you
Going to university is exciting but it can also be a challenge. We know that students may need a helping hand at any time during their studies, which is why we are here to help. You can book an appointment with a Learning Development tutor for help and guidance with study skills or academic writing, as well as support with maths and statistics. Find out more about the services on offer at the Learning Development page on Skills Hub. You can also find out more about other sources of 1-2-1 help - including our academic librarians - by going to our Study Support page.