Choosing the right modules, and sticking with them
, Friday 28th September, 12:44
At the beginning of every year most third level students are faced with a certain choice of modules or "electives" as they are known amongst academics, Seán Duffy writes.
Frequently, students may be unaware of what lies in store and may have difficulty in deciphering which module is best suited to them. Well fear not students of Ireland. Campus is here with some tips of how to choose and what to watch out for if the going gets tough.
First of all, the important thing to do is to remain open-minded. Many students can grow disillusioned with certain modules which they hadn´t anticpated as being part of the course. When choosing an elective, it is a good idea to attend both classes for a couple of weeks. Yes, you might have more hours on the timetable for a bit, but in the long run it will allow you to make a more informed decision that you are comfortable with.That is presuming your college allows you to proceed like this. Most colleges tend to be quite accomodating in the first few weeks.
The next thing to ask yourself is what the reason for the module is.You may not be inspired by THIS particular module, but often it can provide you with skills that may benefit you in the future. It is important to remeber your long-term objectives, and remember that the most difficult subject could be of great benefit to you down the road. Rarely are you likely to find a college course that is tailored exactly to your tastes, and so you have to be willing to graft with the modules that may not inspire instant enthusiasm.
Remember that diligence is half the battle in college.If you can remain on top of your workload that is great. However, if you are having difficulty with a particular module it is important that you get help, and better yet inform your lecturer of the difficulties you are encountering. Lecturers rarely get annoyed with students that are TOO engaged, so if you can show that you are making an effort in the subject, they are duty-bound to assist you where they can.
Conversely, the worst thing you can do is to become disillusioned and disengaged and stop attending your lectures. This has the effect of turning a small treatable problem into one which can quickly spiral out of control.T he more you stay away, the further you fall behind and the less your lecturer is going to care about your plight. This is the main cause for students who drop-out, so if you are serious about wanting to be in college you simply have to persevere no matter how difficult things get. Keep going to lectures, and keep asking questions.There is definitely someone in the class that feels as stupid as you do.
Finally,give yourself the opportunity to surprise yourself. College is full of experiences where students' first impressions are often overturned and lead them down differing and exciting paths. Who knows how you will feel about a particular module or lecturer if you manage to hang in their and get through it. The sense of satisfaction from such a result can breed great confidence and can offer you a valid excuse to let loose at the end of term.