NTU StudentsUniversity Journey

Your guide to getting a good degree

Universities today offer many exciting experiences, a variety of opportunities, a new path in life that will help find your professional career in your degree. Your journey to achieving a good grade is an important part of that, and in order to achieve the grade you want, you need to take the right steps towards it.


In order to get a good grade, it all starts from the beginning. Once you start your lectures, you need to:

  • Attend all the lectures on time and be prepared.
  • Sit in the first row of seats to eliminate any distractions and noisy people
  • Make sure you have a notebook to write all the important notes in all subjects
  • Take advantage of your phone by taking pictures – these work as great visual reminders for deadlines and other important notes.
  • Engage with your lecturer by raising your hand for question time, focusing with him/her on all the material presented.

There are many reasons why you should do the mentioned and I can assure you that when you do this you will become a magnet for those who are seeking the same, for example when you continue to sit in the front seats, other students might follow suit. 


The right university friends will help you overcome hardships and challenge you to achieve great marks. They’re also great to learn from – observe your fellow students and try to recognise their skills, strengths and weaknesses. You may be able to pick up a few things from them that will not only help you in achieving the grades you want, but in your future success.


It’s important to know your timetable, but it might also help to create an academic calendar that has all your deadlines, events, exam dates written on it. This will help you have a visual understanding of how much work you have coming up. This is considered to be one the best organization tools that you could have to effectively manage your time and help you in your direction to achieving a good grade. Also, don’t forget to link your email with your calendars on your phone and laptop to be able to have your timetable always on you and be informed if there are any changes in rooms and times of the lecture.

Once you know your timetable and how much work you have, you need to learn how to spread it throughout your weekly timetable. Look through where you have free time, and try to allocate those hours to different tasks.


During your time at university, you might find people will call or message you for advice and to help in their coursework. This is a great opportunity to develop new skills that will help you in and outside of your studies; like the ability to communicate clearly and explain complex instructions.  Don’t forget you will also need someone at some point during your studies!


  • Getting a good grade matters, but don’t be afraid to try new things that will contribute towards developing your character.
  • Have an excellent relationship with all your lecturers and fellow students. 
  • Always remember your purpose for studying at the university and know your goal.
  • Carefully select your friends; have best friends, have friends just for sports, have friends just to study, have friends to speak to when you have a problem.
  • Engage with people, socialize with your fellow students, discover the city of Nottingham, participate in events, know the culture of the City. 
  • If you have any issues related to health, abuse, stress seek help and go speak to the student services they will guide you towards the right person. 
  • Find opportunities on campus, there are many things that you can do in your university, free cooking classes, free languages classes, discussions, open lectures, and many more, just make sure you keep your eyes opened!

By Alhareth Elshibani   https://www.linkedin.com/in/aelshibani/

Alhareth is an NTU Alumni Fellow. You can find out more about how to get involved with the Alumni Fellowship Programme here.

Blog Administrator. Currently ran by co-author Emilia Denis. Emilia has studied Fashion Communication and Promotion at NTU between years 2017 and 2020.

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