With thanks to undergraduates:
Sean (Computer Science)
Anna (Human, Social, and Political Sciences)
Some Cambridge students will have to work more independently than others. But everyone will be expected to make time to read, write and/or complete problems at some point.
Finding a productive working environment is important for your success at university but we all work in different ways.
There is a suitable place to work for everyone in Cambridge, whether in the University or part of the wider city. It is a good idea to think now about the type of workspace which suits you, so that you know where to head to once you arrive in Cambridge.
You have so many options across the University and city. Spacefinder enables you to input your preferences for a place to study and then it will highlight some spaces in Cambridge that meet your requirements.
Go to Spacefinder and use the limiting options to find somewhere that you might enjoy working.
Look at the location and use the map of the university to see how you would get there from college or your department.
If you haven't already looked at the section Where will I learn?, now might be a good time to find out more about the different library spaces available to you.
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Working independently is a great opportunity to follow your interests and balance your work and extra-curricular activities. It can, however, be a challenge if you are used to being given lots of guidance and tasks by teachers at school or college.
The amount you are given at university will vary depending on your course. You may be given a list of core texts to read or have the opportunity to decide what to read and when. Even if you have a heavy timetable, there will be times that you carry out work on your own.
Our Time Management page in the Skills section will give you ideas about how to balance contact hours, independent study and social time.
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