Economics is a tough discipline, requiring both good maths skills and sound logical reasoning. It's a challenge but also presents a big reward; after three years, you should have have a sought-after degree, on top of all the valuable experiences you've gone through at university. Your first year studying economics at university represents a very steep learning curve, both in terms of the degree itself and university life. We thought we could help flatten out that curve a little, so we asked our economics student panellists a few questions to see what hints and tips they could give you. You'll find some of the best answers on these pages.
Basic advice for your economics degree
In regards to economics in particular if there's one thing you shouldn't be ignoring it's any math modules you may be taking, if you ignore these from the beginning of the year, catching up will be very hard indeed.
Kaemel Ragheb, University of Birmingham
Organisation is key, make good relations with your academic advisor and tutors. Keep up to date with the news. Explore your interest in economics within reading and postgraduate options.
James Ray, Oxford Brookes University
Do not disregard other subjects. Try to communicate with others and learn different things from other areas.
Hyeon Jun Cho, University of Birmingham
Do the readings, even though it's really easy to put aside, don't! this helps build the foundations for the lectures. Not only that, you can get the most out of your seminars.
Naheda Miah, Oxford Brookes University
Try to get engaged with your studies from the first moments but do not feel overwhelmed by what other people do.
Giacomo Piccoli, University College London
Attend all your timetabled sessions. Going to class might seem like a given at first, but it's very easy to start strong and then stop attending later on in the term. Still, all your timetabled contact hours are valuable, and remember, it's what you're paying for.
Kishan Rana, University of Exeter
Read around the subject while you have time. It comes in very handy in third year.
Sam Tilley, Anglia Ruskin University