You’ve selected your top two universities. Your exams are over. You’re waiting for the results. The whole summer is ahead of you. What do you do next?
- The biggest thing I wish I’d done is read. As in read a lot. Read as much as you can. It doesn’t have to be things from your course, but make sure you read for at least half an hour a day. Reading is a skill, it’s an art. As much as you think ‘I can read a book in a week’ you need to have the stamina to read that much (minimum) for 12 weeks, and, most importantly, retain the information.
- If you do have a reading list, it might be an
idea to suss out which book is the biggest and make a start on it – and
particularly look at books around weeks 5-7 and 10-12 of the semester, as that
will probably be when your coursework will lie.
- If you don’t have a reading list, then try to
find the email of the course director and who to contact in regards to getting
one. Their email should be easily accessible from the universities website, but
if not email the general office and ask them to re-direct you. Nine times out
of ten they should forward your email on to whoever needs to see it.
- If you still don’t have reading list, don’t
worry about it. In my first semester of university most of the reading I had to
do was from a dossier which they gave me on the first day. They won’t expect
you to be reading 500 page novels from week one or two. But do keep up your
- Try reading the bible. I haven’t done this and wish I had before university. A lot (A LOT) of texts will have been influenced by or reference it.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know for preparation to study an English degree. I’m going to upload a post next week to talk about general university summer preparations, so if you’ve got any questions specific to that either leave a comment or tweet me @VickiMaitland.