Preparing for Kent: top tips!

Here’s advice from our Student Experience team about what you can do now to prepare for your first term at University from exploring modules to useful apps and resources.

We all have questions about what the year will hold, but you can find answers on the regularly updated University websites:

Before you come to university, set up a social media thread (e.g. WhatsApp, Messenger) to keep in touch with multiple groups at once. A message from home every day can make a big difference!

Check out the module catalogue before the start of term, and think about the optional modules you’d like to take alongside your compulsory modules. Any beginning with ‘3’ are for first-years, e.g. CL364.

You’ll have an academic adviser throughout your studies who will help you plan your studies. Your adviser will contact you close to the start of the academic year to set up a meeting to welcome you to the Kent community, get to know you better, and hear all about your plans for your time at Kent.

Make use of the Classics Resource Guide. These are essential resources for studying classics and archaeology. Items marked as ‘core’ are essential: chase these up in the Templeman Library when you arrive, or buy second-hand copies online. You’ll need to sign in with your Kent login details.

Make a note of the different lecturers’ office hours. ‘Office hours’ are set times of the week where academics run drop-in sessions. You can just pop in any time during those hours and we’re guaranteed to be there to answer any questions or offer advice. Information on each lecturers’ office hours is available in the staff directory.

Find a diary, planner, or app that works for you. Keeping a diary the old-fashioned way and recording classes and assignments in it is still a great way to remember what you’ve got coming up.

The University also recommends useful apps that can help you to manage your time and information effectively. Student Learning and Advisory Service give support on all aspects of academic practice necessary for you to master as an undergraduate. MyFolio is an online journal where you can record your reflections and achievements, and is really useful when you come to write a CV later.

In September, get into the habit of checking your Kent student email every day. Make it part of your daily routine: this is how most important information gets sent around.