If you don’t have any idea what you want to study at university, you’re not alone – there are a lot of students each year that don’t even know where to start when it comes to choosing a course; so many students want to go to uni, but they don’t know what they actually want to study, or even how to decide.
4 Quick Tips to help you make your options.
1. Draw up a list of subjects or courses you enjoy. (Think of what you actually like doing).
One of the most important things when choosing a course is that you pick a subject or course you enjoy, or at least you think you’ll enjoy. No matter what kind of course or subject it is you should still involve some hard work and stress, but if you can choose a subject or course that you get at least some enjoyment from, you’re sure to get a lot more out of your degree than if you pick something you find uninspiring.
2. List out subjects or courses you’re good at.
Play to your advantage. With the first tip in mind, pick out or list out courses or subjects that your really good at. This will increase your chances of getting a fairly good university course in that same subject (and hopefully help find a good career in a related field). Be wary of picking something you’re really good at but hate doing, as you may find it less inspiring. Some challenges you might encounter may course some difficulties and make you struggle throughout the four or five years of study.
Tip 3. Make Research.
If you aren’t too sure, don’t just pick something and hope for the best! There are lots of options you can make use of, to ensure you really get the most out of your degree, in terms of both enjoyment and academic success. Research into courses with subjects that your interested in or you have listed out earlier, the ones your good at and on those you haven’t even heard of. To get started, Take a prospectus from a major university. Though most Universities offer broadly similar sets of courses, so you don’t really have to do this separately for each university. At this point don’t worry too much about which university to apply to, that can come later. Check all the courses they offer. Ignore the ones you know you totally don’t care about, make a list of the ones you feel interested in, read prospectus about the course and subjects and make more research about the courses or subjects. it’s also a great way of getting some inspiration if you’re struggling to come up with ideas. Try to narrow down your options, based on the subjects you found using the three steps above.
Tip 4. Research more.
Once you’ve put together a shortlist of subjects, it’s time to find out a bit more about what it’s like to actually do a degree in them. You can read degree subject guides to find out everything from the A-Levels you’ll need in order to study the subject or course, the type of modules you’ll be focusing on in your first year, and the career options you’ll have after you’ve graduated.