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Planning ahead



Brightspace is our virtual learning environment, and can be accessed at any time and from any where - but only after you have registered for your course.

When you first login, you'll find a range of activities to complete to help you prepare for your studies, as well as access communities such as Study Skills and Languages@BU. This is you'll also where you'll find your seminar groups, lecture notes, reading lists and learning resources such as online journals and past exam papers. Brightspace is also where you will upload course work and assignments when the time comes!

Study preparation

Whether you're coming straight from school or college or returning to education as a mature student, we understand how helpful it is to have experience of completing a task related to your course before you get here. You will find some activities to help you get in the zone in Brightspace once you have registered online, and our interactive skills4study package will give you an extra challenge if you want it.

Studying in the UK

There are two websites you might find helpful if you're studying in the UK for the first time, or have studied here before but would like a refresher:

You'll also find useful information on our website about culture and opening a UK bank account.

Study support

Whether you're looking for help to improve your note-taking and academic writing or guidance on revision/exam techniques and referencing in assignments, or to develop your presentation skills, there's loads of online and face-to-face study skills support to access once you're here. This support includes everything from a study skills area in Brightspace and online materials to workshops and bookable one-to-one sessions with our Library and Learning Support team. There are also resources to help if English is not your first language. Just pop in to see the team at our library Help Desks on either campus, and the team will be more than happy to help.

Peer Assisted Learning

These group sessions are led by a current student from your course and are a great way to get to grips with what you need to, your course, learn study techniques and get to know other people here at BU. Students who have taken part in the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme have told us it’s boosted their confidence and reassured them about concerns they had about university life - find out more about PAL in the 'Learning' section of our site. You’ll be able to take part in an introductory session during your first few weeks at BU as part of your induction, and these sessions continue throughout the year . 

Additional Learning Support

If you have a learning difference, a medical or mental health condition, or a sensory or physical impairment, adjustments can be made to your learning and assessment. Contact our Additional Learning Support (ALS) team now so that they can advise you on the most appropriate support for you, including potential funding benefits. The team can support you to learn strategies that will empower you to achieve and develop your employability skills as well as provide access to useful resources. The sooner you contact them, the sooner they can start preparing your support.

Managing your time

Finding a good balance between your studies, part-time work and social time will really help you succeed. As well as your timetabled lectures and classes, you should expect to spend time preparing for classes, researching and working on assignments or taking part in group work planning and discussions. But don't worry, there will still be plenty of time to get involved with other activities at the start of term and throughout the year. Remember, you're going to be here for a while, so take some time out to relax and don't feel that you need to try and keep up with everything going on around you. For more guidance and support to stay happy and healthy, pop along to a drop-in session with our Student Wellbeing team in Talbot House, Talbot Campus.