However, you have to be aware that, due to the different style of learning in A Level, it is easy to get overwhelmed during this huge move and it is not your fault.
That is actually the first step to getting through it all, battling your self-doubt. Trust me there have been several times, in just my short time at University, where I’ve had an emotional moment thinking that it is all too much and I’m not good enough, because there are times when I can’t handle the work load. However, I can tell you now that thinking this way will only make your situation worse. Wallowing in self-pity is only going to make you less motivated to actually work through your to-do list, and it could affect how much you enjoy your subject.
If you are worried about this leap in information and work load from A Level to university, before you have even left school or college then you already have the power to do yourself a massive favour. When going to open days and looking into which subject you want to study and which university you want to go to, please, ask about the work load and choose a subject that you truly love and that you will really enjoy studying.
You can also really help yourself in tackling your concerns, about all of this information that you have to take in and all the work that you have to do, by simply being organised. This can really be tailored to how you learn best but even if you just go over your notes taken in lectures or make to-do lists, everything will seem much clearer rather than a jumble of unorganised mess that will stress you out.
One thing that I have learnt when it comes to dealing with the piles and piles of information that is launched at you by lecturers, is to simply take what you can. University is all about independent learning and developing your interests into the particular areas that you would like to study as you progress into your second and third years, or even onto further study. Because of this I’ve found that it is best to simply trust what your brain takes out of a lecture on its own. By this I mean that normally the information that you remember the most after a lecture, is the amount that your brain can handle and it is what you were really interested in.
If you type up your lecture notes later on then you can get a refresher of the other things that were talked about, but it is always interesting to think about what interested you so much that you remember it over everything else that was mentioned. This could then lead you to an idea for an essay, presentation or even just an indicator of what you would be interested in studying further.
Ultimately of course, if you do find everything to be getting far too much then you should talk to those around you. Maybe start with your friends or those who are doing the same subject as you to find out if they are feeling the same way. After this, the university should have either some form of student support or personal tutor system. You could even simply talk to your lecturers and ask them to go over a few things with you as you find it hard to take in during the lecture.
All you can do is your best and remember that no one can ask for more than that. Everyone goes through a similar jump in information piled on them so you have to battle the self-doubt rather than the information.