# A typical week studying at Surrey

When I was first considering studying at Surrey I had a lot of questions about how my day to day activities would change from my day to day activities at the time. On this week’s post I’ll try to write a detailed overview of what my weeks here are like to help you understand how being a student is like day to day rather than the big picture that is provided by most program descriptions. However, keep in mind that your day to day activities might vary depending on what programme you’re studying.

On Monday mornings I always have 2 seminars. On even numbered weeks I have real analysis and calculus seminars, on odd numbered weeks I have probability and statistics and algebra seminars. Coursework for real analysis and calculus is due on odd numbered weeks (the week after the seminar covering the relevant topics) and coursework for algebra and probability and statistics is due on even numbered weeks (also the week after the seminar covering the relevant topics). Later on Mondays I have a real analysis lecture. Lectures here aren’t much different from lectures at the other universities where I’ve attended lectures, but there is always some form of student interaction (either through having in-lecture exercises or through questions, which are always welcome) and this week and last I’ve worked on blogging right after real analysis lecture.

On Tuesday mornings I have 2 algebra lectures which are one hour apart due to weird timetabling, and the second algebra lecture is followed by a probability and statistics lecture. I believe real analysis drop in sessions happen on Tuesday afternoons, though they’re optional and I’ve personally never attended. During the time in between lectures I sometimes stay at the library and study for a bit, other times I prefer to just walk back to my room (it is a 10 minute walk or so).

Wednesdays are the most relaxed days I get, as classes don’t take place on Wednesday afternoons university wide (with a few exceptions, like extracurricular language classes). As a result I only have a 10-11 am real analysis lecture and have the rest of the day lecture-free.

Thursdays are always my busiest days, as I start my morning off with 2 consecutive probability and statistics lectures, followed by an algebra lecture and then have 2 consecutive calculus lectures. Additionally, on odd numbered weeks there’s also the Amazing Maths Seminar, where a faculty member gives a 1h presentation about their research to expose students to the research taking place at the university and give them a better idea of what mathematics research is like. All first and second year maths students are invited to attend, however it is not compulsory, but MMath students are expected to attend. On odd numbered weeks there’s also a probability and statistics laboratory which takes place right after the two calculus lectures for people with surnames starting with letters between A-M and an hour later for people with surnames starting with letters between M-Z. Most weeks this lab involves solving problems related to the topics we’ve covered in lectures using R and postgraduate students are there to supervise and help students with the assigned problems. However, this week we’ll have our in-semester probability and statistics test during the lab session.

Fridays I start off with two consecutive real analysis lectures, and I later have an algebra lecture followed by a calculus lecture. While I don’t have a lot of lecture hours compared to other days of the week (like Thursdays, and it is only one more hour than I have on Mondays and Tuesdays) Fridays tend to feel like a long day given the 3h gap in between the real analysis lectures and the algebra and calculus lecture.

From the day by day description of my days you can see that I have 3h of lectures a week per module, 1h of seminar biweekly per module, and 1h of lab biweekly for the stats module. There is also at least 1h a week of office hours with the lecturer. All together it doesn’t seem like a lot of lecture time, but students are generally expected to spend several hours a week reading and working on problems and coursework outside of contact hours.