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What happens in a week?

Many sixth-formers wonder what a typical week during term time looks like. Below is a timetable of a hypothetical first year student.

sample time table first year

Of course, how a real student picked at random from the first year would spend that same week depends on a lot of factors including personal interests, individual learning style, working pace, biorhythm... and, last but not least, random variation!

A module typically consists of lectures supplemented with some format of smaller group teaching such as tutorials, supervisions and computer labs. Assignments are the key to learning, because learning about a mathematical area most of all means getting practice in solving problems. Assignments are often biweekly and the expectation is that students spend many hours on each of them.

We strongly encourage students to work together both in and outside term time. Many of our students regularly meet in informal study groups to bounce off ideas about what was covered in lectures and how to tackle exercises.

Compared with school, students enjoy a lot more freedom in structuring their week, their year and their learning. With more freedom comes more responsibility for their own success. More guidance can be found on our study advice page.