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The Pocket Guide for Students


Navigating Your University Journey

Vanessa Parson

01 March 2023

ISBN: 9780198865230

336 pages

In Stock

Price: £9.99

Reassuring, practical, and supportive - the essential insider's guide to making a successful start at university.


Unsure of what to expect from your university experience? This is the ideal guide for anyone about to embark (or currently enrolled) on a degree. Written in a reassuring, lively manner, this book is packed with advice on academic and non-academic issues including finance, study, housing, relationships, and more.

  • Relevant to anyone embarking on university-level study, regardless of their background, and applicable to any discipline.
  • The author's friendly, lively, and reassuring writing style helps to demystify key aspects of the university experience and put students at ease.
  • Advice from real students throughout provides invaluable insights from those with recent, first-hand experience.
  • Covers a broad range of issues including finance, mental health and wellbeing, relationships, juggling university with family-life/caring responsibilities, and housing.
  • Boxed features offer practical help and a place to keep note of essential information so it's easily accessible when needed.
  • Online resources include additional guides on time management, finance and budgeting, mindfulness and mental health, handy hints and top tips, and all the tables from the book in a downloadable format.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support.

About the Author(s)

Vanessa Parson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Sunderland

Vanessa Parson is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Vanessa has been a programme leader and personal academic tutor for many years and works on university-wide teaching and learning initiatives alongside teaching across a wide range of subjects at all levels, specialising in perception and attention, the psychology of learning, the psychology of belief, and cyberpsychology. She is the author of Study and Communication Skills for Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2018) and has published several articles focussing on teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

    2:The difference between university and pre-university
    4:How a degree actually works
    5:The first week: induction/freshers' week
    7:Accessing university support and looking after your mental health
    8:Juggling the personal and professional sides of your life
    9:Housing and housemates
    10:Relationships and boundaries
    11:Socialising and staying safe
    12:Social media, safety, and digital security
    13:Accessing support: an overview of support when you need it most

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