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article | 12 December 2019

What Are Supra-Curricular Activities?

If you are about to start on a university course, then you are probably pretty excited to get going. One of the main things that you might want to do to make sure that you are as ready as possible for the course is to look into any activities which might help you further your knowledge and understanding of the course in particular, or the subject more generally. There are plenty of things you can do, but in particular, you might want to focus on so-called supra-curricular activities. In this post, we’ll take a look at what these are, what they can do for you, and how to find them.

What Are Supra-Curricular Activities?

In simple terms, a supra-curricular activity is anything that you do to deepen and extend your knowledge of the curriculum. Clearly, that might be useful for many reasons, which we will go into shortly, and this is something that a university student wanting to show passion and drive will certainly want to think about. A supra-curricular activity might be something as simple as reading a book or magazine in your chosen field, following media stories, watching films or reading articles, or even visiting a place that has some kind of connection to your field of study. It could also mean taking a summer course related to your field of study.

Why Do Them?

You might already be able to appreciate why you would want to do these things. For a start, they will help you to feel more ready for when your university course starts, as you will have done some pre-reading and this will mean that you feel much more able to dive into things. It might also give you the opportunity to think early on about what kind of area of research you might want to look into, if that is something that is relevant to your study. They are also a great way of showing how passionate you are to prospective tutors and professors, and are particularly important to be able to refer to in university interviews and applications. Clearly, there is much that you can get from them.

How To Do It?

It’s all about just allowing yourself to research and study as you see fit, depending on the subject in question. Look at what resources you already have available: this might be a subscription to a magazine, the internet, books you have, or people you know who might be able to suggest or put you in touch with all these things. Then it’s just a matter of starting to read, visit and so on, and develop your learning along the way. It can be a good idea to take notes too, to help ingrain the learning and to remember those sources, should you need them later on.

As you can see, supra-curricular activities are a very useful thing to get involved in just before you start a university course, so think about what you could be doing along these lines today. It could mean you have more chance of success.

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