I bet many of you guys would like to know how are the exams and workload like in a university. How stressful it is, or how difficult tests are. Well, no worries, because I’m here to give you a brief insight of what it is like to be an economics and management student here at King’s (at least for the first semester).
Firstly, the pace of lectures and tutorials in the first semester is very manageable if students put in consistent effort in keeping up with them. Lectures are the time where we learn new concepts, and tutorials are times when we clarify and further reinforce those concepts. It is hence essential to complete assignments before tutorials so that students can get the most out of them. Personally, I will dedicate at least 2 hours for revision and assignments per day on a regular basis.
For someone who has done “Higher Mathematics” and “Economics” for A-levels, courses such as “Mathematics for Economist” and “Principles of Economics” are a breeze for me. This however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as tests can be very tricky as they test the true understanding of concepts raised in lectures that many may overlook. “Accounting and Financial Management” and “Work, organization and society” courses on the other hand post greater challenges for me, as these are subjects that I have never come across before. Students who took “Business Studies” for A-levels or even IB, however, mentioned certain similarity between syllabuses.
Secondly, the tests that E&M students receive in their first semester here at King’s are relatively easy (just a personal opinion). Questions are similar to tutorials and past year papers, and what lecturers or tutors have explained before. So its really those individuals who put in that extra effort in taking note of important concepts or hints by tutors, and who make consistent effort in practicing these concepts, that will surpass their peers. So if you are the kind of person who will be taking down notes during lectures instead of snapchatting how boring lectures are, and someone who will plan ahead for his or her tests and essay assignments instead of cramping them up the day before, then you are pretty much set for succeeding in your first semester!