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UG CamGuides: How will I learn at Cambridge?

Different learning environments, both physical and online

What's in this section?

At university you will learn and be taught in a variety of engaging ways by a host of experts. Some of these methods of teaching may be new to you or be structured differently to the way you learned at school or college.

You'll learn in large lectures and small supervisions, in groups and on your own. You may be able to choose what you study, or there may be compulsory elements. But everyone will have the chance to interact with academic staff in a range of settings, which are designed to develop different skills and support your studies.

This guide is divided by different methods of teaching and learning. Click on each title on the left-hand side to learn more about what these terms mean in the Cambridge context.


As you go through this guide, if there are any terms that you are unfamiliar with, click on Terminology in the menu. This page lists words from across the whole of CamGuides for Undergraduates which may be new to you or have a specific meaning at Cambridge and provides a definition to set them in the context of studying here.

Using CamGuides for Undergraduates

Go to Using CamGuides for Undergraduates for information about what is included in the resource and how to find your way around it

There is plenty of support is available when you start in Cambridge. However, if you'd like to ask something specifically about using CamGuides for Undergraduates, email

  • CamGuides for Undergraduates is completely optional
  • It comprises five sections
  • It is aimed at all new undergraduates
  • You can revisit it at any time
  • You don't need to sign up to any platform
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