Universities and Courses

Need help choosing a university or course? Image by Ell Brown

Need help choosing a university or course? Image by Ell Brown

Are you looking into university and course options?

Universities aren’t all the same. They offer something different for everyone, whether it is the ability to find work after graduation or having the best chance of a social life and making friends.

At the same time, you need to choose a course that you enjoy and helps you for your future. There’s no point choosing something because someone else wants you to do it.

Some people make their university and course decisions at a very young age. Others will wait until their last year of high school. There are some who are just starting university in their 50s or 60s! It doesn’t matter when you do it, but you need to get it right! It saves time, money and gets you on the best track for you.

This section will offer tips on choosing the perfect university, finding a course to suit your interests and even helping you find the best way to study.

Is University Really the Answer? Do We Really Need Degrees Now?

I know what you’re thinking right now. I have a blog that’s all about going to university and surviving it. Why am I now encouraging you not to go to university at all?

Well, that’s not quite what I’m doing this with blog post. I want you to do the best...Read More »



Why I Chose the Open University for My Second Degree

When I chose to do a second degree, we weren’t in a position for me to go back to university full-time. As much as I would have liked it, I needed to do it either part-time or through distance learning.

I decided that distance learning was the best option, which meant...Read More »


Why I Chose Aston University

There are a lot of universities in the UK. In fact, there’s way too many to list here. Choosing the best university for you can be overwhelming.

I was a little lucky. I only had the choice of five universities. Well, I had the choice of seven, but I wasn’t going...Read More »


Choose a University: 4 Tips to Help You Find the Best One for You

You don’t need to choose a university. They’re all the same, right?

Surely you just have to find the ones that offer your course and they’ll all offer the same level of education and social experience.

That’s where you’re wrong!

  • Each university is different.
  • They hire different people to teach.
  • They have different student unions.
  • They...Read More »

Payday Loan Adverts Banned by University of East London

The negative press surrounding payday loans is not over yet. The University of East London took the decision to ban all advertisements for payday loans on their campus. They are the first to do this so far but there may be many more to follow.

Too Many Under-25s in Debt

This news...Read More »



What To Do When You Hate Your Course

You spent time choosing the perfect university course in the perfect city. At least you thought you had. Now you find you absolutely hate your course and want out.

The degree isn’t everything you expected. The lecturers aren’t stimulating enough or don’t deliver the course material that well. You just don’t...Read More »


Thinking About Taking a Sandwich Course? Here’s Why You Should

Are you thinking about taking a sandwich course? It could be the best decision you have ever made.

Are you thinking about taking a sandwich course at university? This is a course that involves taking a year out of study between your penultimate and...Read More »


Top 5 Tips to Pick Your Dream University Course

It’s time to choose your dream university course, but that means more than picking your favourite subject.

When you hit your last year of high school, you have one thought on your mind: what do you do next year? It’s time for university, but...Read More »



Distance Learning Online Courses: The Pros and Cons

What if I told you that you could studying your course, work full-time, and raise a family all at the same time? It sounds too good to be true and like a dream, but it really is possible.

Are distance learning online...Read More »


The Skills You Need to Study Through Distance Learning

Distance learning is one option for getting your degree.

Is online study the right option for you? Image by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

This isn’t an option for everyone because they do not have the basic skills needed to study at home and on their own....Read More »


Why I Chose Distance Learning for My Second Degree

When I decided I wanted to do a second degree, I knew that I had to choose something that would fit around my current life. This wasn’t about me fitting in with studying, but supporting a family while I improved my education.

I also needed a degree that I would be...Read More »


How I Manage My Time as an Online Student

For the last few years I’ve been an online student. All my courses have been done through distance learning, and it’s been great. I’ve worked on subjects that I would never have done at a fulltime university.

But there is a major issue for an online student. Time management.

I know I’ve...Read More »


Why I Chose Distance Learning for Studying the Second Time

There are three ways to study: full-time, part-time, and distance learning. The first time I went to university I chose to do it through full-time study. Well, more like that choice was made for me. When I went to university the second time, I chose distance learning.

Why did I pick...Read More »


Why Distance Learning Is So Hard

Wherever you study, you need to have the willpower to stick to your schedule.

I chose distance learning because it suited my situation at the time. In fact, it still suits my situation. I can study when I have the chance to around my...Read More »



Why I Chose Full-Time Study for My First Degree

I shared my reasons for going to Aston University for my first degree a few years ago. When I did this, I chose to do full-time study. It’s certainly not the only option for studying. In fact, you could opt for a part-time course, distance learning, or night school.

But I...Read More »



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5 Tips to Prepare for University Next Year

It may only be the start of the summer holidays, but now is the perfect time to prepare for university next year. New university student or returning student? There are a few steps that you can take right now, so you’re not rushing around at the end of August/September. Here...Read More »


6 Mistakes You’ll Make as a Fresher at University

Being a fresher is a right of passage. This is the time to make mistakes and blow all your money. It’s also the time to make new friends and grow as a person.

Your parents will expect you to make mistakes, especially parents who have been to university themselves. The majority...Read More »


How to Use the University Tours to Help You Make Your Learning Decisions

University tours are usually held around this time of year. Some of them will be held shortly after Christmas. The aim of them is to help you decide whether this is the right university for you.

But how do you make that decision from just a few hours at the university?...Read More »


Tips to Prepare for Your First Year of University

That first year of university is fast approaching. For many of you it’s going to be in two weeks time!

I know how nervous you can feel going into that first year of uni. Will you make new friends? Will you cope without your parents around? Sure there’s excitement as well,...Read More »


6 Tips to Prepare for the Start of University

The start of university is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. There will be lots of thoughts running through your head. Do you have everything you need? Who are you living with? What if you don’t like your accommodation or your course?

Don’t worry too much! All Freshers will have the...Read More »


Avoid Overspending on “Back to School” Items

How much are you wasting on back to school items?
Image from Pixabay; modified by Alexandria Ingham

It will be time to go back to university soon. For children in Scotland, they’re already back in school!

You may have heard recently that back to school...Read More »


Why It Could Be Worth Preparing for Study Right Now

Is now the perfect time to prepare for next year’s study?
Image from Pixabay.

Now could be the perfect time for preparing for study. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just going to university in September/October or you’ve just finished one of your university years.

Yes,...Read More »


Dealing with Homesickness: When You Just Want to Go Home

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to go home!

It didn’t really happen at university for me but there were times when I was at boarding school that I just wanted to go home. I was bullied during my teen years and it led to...Read More »


Plan Ahead and Get Ready for University

Get ready for university by planning ahead. Are you ready?

For students in Scotland, university is just about starting. For those in England, Wales and other parts of the world, some don’t start for a few more weeks.

It doesn’t matter how far away it...Read More »


Top Websites for Helping with the Student Life

Get ready for student life with the help of the internet

When you’re trying to settle into student life, where do you turn to for advice? There are many places online. While I try to offer as much practical advice as possible, there are...Read More »



Take a Gap Year: Gain Experience and Money for University

Students around the country are looking for ideas for next year. Should they go to university, go into work, or take a gap year? One of the things that I partially wish I did was take a gap year.

Is it worth taking a...Read More »


Not Done Well In Exams? Don’t Worry Too Much About It!

Many students will receive their exam results this month. Scottish students already found out how they did in their Nationals yesterday, and English students await their GCSE and A-Level results.

It’s a nerve-wracking time. All that hard work put into studying and now you find out if it was worth it.

There...Read More »


Why It’s Worth Blogging About Your Student Life?

Blogging about your student life is just like writing it in a journal

If you look through some of the past posts, you may notice that they’re based on experiences. Some are my own and others are experiences my husband and sister have had...Read More »


A Guide to Taking a Gap Year

Would you choose to volunteer on your gap year?

So, you’ve finished your A-levels and you’ve got your grades (or maybe you haven’t) and you’re wondering, what now? This is not the easiest question to answer, especially if you have no definitive career plan...Read More »


When’s the Right Time to Think About University?

When's the best time to think about university? Image by Ell Brown

When’s the best time to think about university? Image by Ell Brown

Are you going to university after the summer? When did you start thinking about your course choices or the university you would go to? When is the right time to think about...Read More »


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