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Addressing the discrepancy between the expectations of school and university

  • Referencing

Some schools may accept www.google.com or Wikipedia as a reference for projects and assignments. At UP we are serious about proper referencing. Please consult your lecturer or your FSA should you need help with referencing.

  • Assignment dates

At school, you are reminded of assignment dates regularly. It may be difficult to adapt to the university environment, where this is no longer the case. Make use of the calendar function on clickUP if your lecturer uses it, or ensure that you update your own calendar at the beginning of each semester, and regularly thereafter, by adding all test and assignment dates. Set regular reminders on your phone if you are worried that you will forget an assessment date.

  • clickUP support

Make clickUP your partner in success. Visit it regularly for announcements and to stay on top of all your modules.

Possible hurdles that may impact on your transition from school to university

In the move from school to university, many students move from one language community to another, where the university offers tuition in a language that is not their mother tongue.

How can you address this:

  • Read in the new language to broaden your vocabulary.
  • Speak the language as often as possible – and be proud of your accent!
  • Carry a dictionary or download a mobile dictionary on your smartphone.

There is a transition from a small class environment to large classes, which lack the close contact with the lecturer that students had with the teacher.

How can you address this:

  • Attend tutorials.
  • Form a study group or join an existing study group.
  • Work with your FSA.

The transition from a small school environment to a large university environment is sometimes complicated by a move from a rural to an urban environment.

How can you address this:

  • Find a mentor.
  • Make friends as soon as possible.
  • Work with your FSA.

Financial risk is also an important impediment. Many students do not have resources to buy books, find accommodation or even eat regularly.

How can you address this:

  • Study in the library if you cannot afford to buy books.
  • Make use of the SNAP food project.
  • Ask your FSA for faculty-specific resources.


Published by Hestie Byles

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