The feeling of uncertainty that I had when I started my course is gone. I feel like I know exactly how to prepare for my lectures and seminars, and what’s expected of me in my exams. I also feel like I know what the best revision strategy for me is.
That said, I noticed a change in the way I look for resources. I remember going to the library last year, picking up a couple of books and searching the index for relevant information. I think I haven’t listed a single book in my references in a second-year essay. There are more than a couple of reasons for this. First, online articles are more easily accessible; no need to go to the library in the first place. Second, online articles are more up-to-date; I can’t imagine finding a book published in 2015. Third, my field of study, psychology, demands support of theories with scientific evidence (experiments). Therefore, I would only use a book to explain/define a theory, and articles to support it; almost no need for visiting a library.
Despite of changing my habit of using books, I still come to the library. The library is simply a place where I get work done (and yes, I’m writing this in the library). I can always find a place where I can peacefully finish my assignments and am motivated to do so. In contrast to, for example, writing an essay at home, where I usually end up sleeping or watching series.
Also, the “You won’t pass unless you go to your lectures” saying isn’t true. Well, at least not for me. If I only have one lecture on a certain day, I won’t go and will rather watch it online (all my lectures are recorded). This saves me at least an hour and a half of getting on campus and suffering on Brighton and Hove buses.
Second or third-year students, how have you changed if you look back at your second year? Attending more lecture, revising as you go? I’d love to hear from you!