1. Confirm Your Options
Feeling unsure about particular unis? Think you might want to add one to your top 5 but not 100% sure about it? Or does the course sound too good to be true and you’re not sure if it’s really as good as it seems?
will quash doubts and answer niggling questions so you can finally start your application to them. It may just be a gut feeling and not based on anything that you see or hear on the day, but once you see a university you’ll be fairly sure if you want to study there. Going to open days
2. Remove Options From Your List
On the flipside of this, attending open days can also help eliminate universities and get that long list of potential places cut down. Don’t feel bad about dumping universities, they’ll understand that you need to move onto better things, and that it’s not you, it’s them.
3. Meet the Lecturers
There’s no better way to understand what you’ll be studying than to hear it from the lecturers themselves. Not only will you find out about the syllabus but you can also ask questions that you’ve been struggling to get the answers for.
You can also get a feel for their teaching style and figure out whether you’ll be motivated and excited to learn in their lectures or be sent to snoozeville (close to Lullaby Lane and adjacent to Snoring Street)
4. Learn About the Modules
The same subject can be taught in a number of ways in a hundred different modules. Some can be heavily more practical, others are more academic, some may rely on coursework and others might have no coursework at all and rely completely on exams.
It’s important to understand how and
at the universities you’re interested in so you can pick the one that both interests you and suits your way of learning. This is something that attending open days can help you with. what you’ll actually learn
5. Make Potential Friends
The people around you at open days are interested in going to the same university as you, they may even want to do the same subject! So don’t be afraid to talk to the other students at open days, you may find you get along with them really well and end up as university buddies before you’ve even got there. If nothing else it’ll make freshers’ week a little less scary knowing there will be a friendly face when you get there!
6. See the Facilities
University facilities might sound unimportant now, but you’ll soon realise the importance of a well stocked library, nice campus accommodation or good places to chill out around the campus.
Open days will give you the opportunity to go Dora the Explorer on the campus and see if you’ll be looked after properly by the university when you’re not in lectures.
7. Get the Truth About the University
The great thing about open days is you’ll not only get to meet the staff, but also the current students too.
So while the lecturers will always tell you how wonderful the uni is, the students are more likely to be honest about the good, the bad and the potential ugly, so you can be confident that you’re fully informed before you start applying.
8. Check Out the Location
You won’t just learn about what you’ll be studying from open days, you can also go exploring
and see what the general location is like. After all you’ll be spending at least 3 years there, and you’ll need to unwind every now and again! Find out where the nearest shops, train stations, gyms and anything else you think you’ll need on a regular basis are and see if it works for you. outside the university
When you’re exploring the area think about what you want from your new home. If you want busy city nightlife then a campus in the middle of nowhere isn’t likely to make you happy, similarly if you’d rather have the quiet life, then a city campus is make you incredibly annoyed.
9. To Be Sure About Your Future
, doing some research on universities by attending open days means you will have nothing to worry about when you’re on your way there. You can be confident when you’re heading up to the uni accommodation in an over packed car that you’ve made the right decision as you would have seen and heard things first hand, rather than basing everything on prospectuses, uni talks and teacher recommendations. preparing for exams
Plus you’ve got a busy few months ahead, and you don’t want to be worrying about whether you’ve applied for the right university when you’ve got revision to do and essay deadlines to hit.
10. Keep your Parents/Teachers Happy
If nothing else, attending open days will stop your family, friends and teachers constantly nagging you with questions like "have you picked a uni yet", "have you picked a uni yet", and our personal favourite, "have you picked a uni yet".
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