From The Huffington Post.
Would-be students need to “get real” about what university is really like, a new report has warned.
Research from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) found that many university applicants do not have a good understanding of what it will be like to study for a degree or the time they will spend in lectures and the academic support they will get.
Others underestimate how much they will spend on costs such as rent, while some are not confident about paying bills and feel unprepared for living with strangers, the Press Association reported.
School-leavers need more help from schools, parents and universities to manage their expectations, HEPI director Nick Hillman said.
The study, based on a poll of more than 2,000 university applicants, found that nearly all of those polled (95%) are ready for a demanding workload at university, assuming they will do more independent studying than they do at school.
But it also found that 60% of applicants expect to spend more time in lecturers than in the classroom.
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