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Studying

Nature of classes

Each module in your degree is worth a number of credits: you are expected to spend approximately 10 hours of effort for each credit (so for a typical module of 15 credits this means 150 hours of effort). These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, practicals, independent study based on lecture notes, tutorial preparation and extension, lab preparation and extension, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.

Lectures

The majority of your teaching will come through lectures.

It is essential that you attend lectures, and taking your own notes in a lecture is very important. You then have the opportunity to interpret the material presented and make your own additions; you should also pay particular attention to points that are stressed by the lecturer.

After the lectures you should spend time reviewing your lecture notes, making sure you have understood the points, re-writing points if necessary. Lecturers will often ask complete exercises as part of the notes. This should be done as soon as possible, and will require at least as much time as the lecture. If you have trouble understanding a particular point, seek help sooner rather than later.

Tutorials

In addition to lectures, most modules also include a weekly or fortnightly tutorial. It is essential to have made a significant attempt at the coursework set before the tutorial. Very little is gained by simply watching a tutor write answers on a board. Tutorials should also give you the chance to ask the tutor for help in areas you have found difficult. In most cases tutorials are smaller than lectures as they are designed to allow more interaction, helping you to consolidate your understanding.  

Practicals

Some modules have scheduled practical sessions. Each practical takes two or three hours and you have a list of tasks to complete. The scheduled practical sessions are supervised by tutors and assistants, who can help you by providing additional explanations and hints. Some practical sessions may be assessed and marks will contribute towards the final marks for the module.

Feedback from Staff to Students

Whilst studying at King's you will be offered feedback on your work.  Please see the attached file below for information as to the form this may take:

Feedback Guidelines

All of our staff welcome your comments and ideas, so if you have suggestions for improvement feel free to raise them initially with the lecturer concerned or to discuss with your tutor.

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