One of my biggest challenges after school was getting used to the length of the lectures. At school, everything is simple: lessons last for 40-45 minutes, followed by long breaks after each one. And at university one lecture takes as long as 1.5 hours! Although it sounds threatening, many students get used to it in the first two months. To facilitate adaptation, some first-year instructors take short breaks during the lecture. The breaks are also slightly different – after each lecture you can relax for 15-30 minutes (depending on whether the lecturer allowed you to rest during the lecture), and during the lunch break (from 12:00) you can rest for one hour.
Another oddity that often surprises younger students in particular is the variety of lectures. While at school the 6-7 lessons were often different, the lectures at the university are often similar. In my first semester, I was studying two maths, one for programming, and another thing somewhere between programming and math. One familiar student could hardly believe that I did not have a single English language or history lesson all year Yes, this is a special university – all general knowledge is pushed aside, and information directly or indirectly related to it is poured into the students’ heads. subject.
Whatever the type of lecture, it is usually one of three types: theoretical lecture, practice and laboratory work. Although their duration is identical, they are often led by the same lecturers, their purpose and activities are completely different.
During a theoretical lecture, you will usually sit in a large audience of several dozen to a couple of hundred people and listen to what the lecturer is giving you. The difference between a lesson and a theoretical lecture is that you will need to listen and write down more than solving or answering questions. If you do not understand, you will probably only be able to ask the lecturer at the end of the lecture or when the lecturer allows it. Of course, there is never a shortage of questions, but understand the lecturer – answering 100 students would just take a long time and the lecturer would not be able to tell what he wanted.
During practice you will only work with your classmates (around 20 people), probably in a much smaller audience than during a theory lecture. During practice, teachers usually try to demonstrate the applications of the subject they are teaching. Suppose through mathematics you solve problems, through programming you draw algorithms. Practice is probably the most similar to a lesson, as you will usually be free to ask the lecturer if you cannot do or solve something.
You will also work with your classmates during laboratory work. The most interesting thing is that during lab work you will probably be where the interesting equipment will be. While programming labs, you program at computers, physics labs are done in real physics labs, and while learning computer networks, you’ll likely touch expensive networking equipment as well.
I have no doubt that you have heard from your friends that school is different from university in that you do not have to attend lectures. The truth is – there is a great need to attend each other’s lectures, but attendance at the first year is compulsory and trackable – and the risk of expulsion from the university can be a result of not attending regularly. In subsequent courses, it is your right to choose, but from experience I have noticed that those who attend lectures get the best marks in the course.