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Choosing subjects for next year

on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:23
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Although this blog may not directly relate to every discipline, the same pointers can be applied to choosing modules for the coming year. It is important to choose subjects/ modules that you enjoy. There is no point in taking a topic you are not interested in as it makes it harder to carry out assignments and projects. Below are several pointers from my mentors. Enjoy :)  

Keep an open mind and attend as many lectures as you can, even if you don't initially think you'd like to carry that particular module on to next year. Courses may surprise you! Talk to someone in the year above you and ask for advice. Ask people in your class if they know anyone in the year above and then contact them asking what modules they chose, why, and how they are finding them. Most people will only be more than happy to pass on their wisdom! Start thinking about what you might like to do after college. Ask your lecturer if what you learn in their module could be useful for that career path. Talk to your lecturers after lectures and ask them to give a brief description on what you'll be doing over the next 2 or 3 years if you take their subject.  Think about opportunities certain subjects offer, such as going on erasmus etc. These are great opportunities that you might not get once you've left college. Remember that employers almost always gravitate towards bilingual job candidates, so taking a language in college will really stick to you in the future! Most importantly, choose modules that you enjoy and find interesting. The more interesting you find a module, the more work you'll put into studying it and the better outcomes you'll get. -> Sara Fuller. 
While picking modules for next year, keep this in mind. Be sure to know when you can actually pick your modules. Some classes have small class sizes and fill up quickly so dont leave it to the last minute. Read the description that comes with the module. No point signing up to a class and half way through you figure out you hate it. You are allowed to change modules for the first few weeks in September, so if your unsure which class to choose, dont be afraid to shop around and find out which class suits you the best. -> Sean O Fatharta 

Picking your second year subjects can seem like a daunting task. All of a sudden, you’re dealt with the task of choosing ultimately what you’d like to base your degree on; yet it still feels like you’ve only just gotten the hang of first year! Most importantly, don’t fret! Selecting subjects isn’t meant to be tricky, however, it does require some thought. If you found yourself falling asleep in a certain module or tutorial, don’t cross it off of your list just yet. The thing is, that, in many cases, first year is designed to give you a general overview of your course content. As a result, some aspects of a subject may seem entirely boring, where other sections are really engaging. This is where the difficulty lies for most students; whether or not to go with a subject that interests them, but has unenthusiastic lecturers, or to choose a subject that they find rather dull, with lively and entertaining lecturers. The best advice that I can give is to choose something that both interests and challenges you. That way, you’ll be engaged in the course content, while also enjoy working through it. In terms of module selection forms, set aside some time to properly fill these out. They are usually accessed through your Blackboard account. If you are tasked with filling out a complete module form, numbering 15-20 modules in order of preference, think carefully about the order in which you place your choices. Although it may seem impossible that you’d get a module or subject placed twelve or thirteen on your list, it’s important to realize that it’s not entirely unlikely! For many courses, allocation of second year subjects are appointed by order of merit. This means that your overall grades for first year will determine whether you get your first/second/third choices, etc. At the end of the day, the modules that you chose for second year do begin to dictate the areas in which your degree will be based, so take the time to think about your options, and chose the subjects that you really want -> Alison Graham 

When picking your subjects the best idea is to go with the subjects you've enjoyed over the year. If you pick something you struggled with, it's bit going to get any easier. You need to be able to commit two more years of your life to the subject so it's best to be sure you will enjoy it. -> Yasmin Mc Dermott