I'm going to University of Derby in September to start my BA in Child and Youth Studies, which I am hopefully going to follow up with a PGCE. So I'm after some general university advice from people who are there currently or have been in the past. Some general background below: I will be 38 - I'm hoping my age isn't directly relevant but any thoughts from more... mature students would be appreciated. In particular how they found the social factors changed if at all? I have a young family and therefore will be living at home - no halls etc for me. Has anyone juggled a family with full time study before and how did they find it? How did you study at home? Take yourself off somewhere quiet? In front of the TV? I know this will depend on your learning style but some general advice would be good? Did you buy all the course reading or just the essential? Money is going to be tight so is there anything you really don't need?