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Tutorials, labs, lectures

There are lots of different ways you learn and are tested at university.


For each paper you take you may be required to attend lectures, tutorials and possibly laboratory sessions.

Lectures: give you the core information for each paper and are the main method of instruction at the University. They are usually a 50-minute oral teaching session.

Tutorials: small group sessions led by a tutor for discussion and individual assistance. Some are compulsory and some will be optional.

Laboratory sessions (Labs): involve experimental or practical work. They may be compulsory and attendance may contribute towards your final grade.

Helpful tips

  • Attend the preliminary lectures for your papers - these provide more detailed information on what the paper will cover, what assignments will be required and which textbooks are needed
  • Turn up to your class on time
  • It's important that you attend your classes (podcasts and/or notes are not a substitute for hearing it first hand)
  • Pay attention during the class
  • Complete any preset tasks before the class
  • Get involved – ask questions and join in discussions
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There are various ways that you may be assessed at the University. This may be by essays, reports, exercises and tests. When you get your course materials at the beginning of the semester, "unpack" your course and make sure you understand when the assessments are due, what they will cover, and how much they are worth towards your final mark.

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Exams are held near the end of each of the two semesters. Not all papers have exams and they are worth a varying amount of your final mark. Learn more about exams.