How do you learn?

Students spend lots of their time at university in lectures, which are like lessons in school but they usually take place in big rooms that look a bit like a cinema. Students are taught by lecturers or professors who are similar to teachers in school.

As well as lectures, students also have tutorials which are much smaller than a lecture; usually there are about twenty people in a tutorial compared to two hundred in a lecture! Lots of students do not have a full timetable like you do in school, there may only be five or six lectures or tutorials a week so in their spare time at university, students will go to the library to work on their essays.

The style of learning is different at university as well. Instead of being guided through pieces of work by your teachers, you are expected to go and read around your subject to help you with your work. This is called independent study.