Thursday, 15 January 2015

University | Staying On Top

Staying on top of it all at Uni can be so tricky, especially when you hit second and third year (speaking from experience here!). I have some ways of dealing with the pressures of coping with deadlines, exams and multiple readings throughout the busiest months so I thought I'd share them in the hope of even helping one person!

Hitting the Library the day after "Student Nights"

Everyone's in bed crying out for that fried breakfast, or paracetamol. You are in the library at 9am, where is is extremely quiet and you can put in a couple of hours of hard work before lunchtime = afternoon off watching netflix whilst every other hungover person in the city is struggling to get that essay done. Boring I know, but sacrificing one night out will not kill you!

To-Do Lists

My saviours! I make yearly ones, monthly ones, weekly ones, you name it I've made it! Its alot easier to tackle all the tasks you have on your mind if you can see them clearly on one sheet of paper. I find by setting myself daily targets, I'm more determined to hit them rather than just having general weekly ones.

Specific Drawers for Specific Things

My course means I have a lot of paperwork, books and notepads. The best way to stay on top of everything I have to do is by having three separate drawers - I have one for my weekly lectures, one for my essays on the go and one for my dissertation. Its alot easier to find the things I am looking for, rather than trawling through one drawer with everything in (not that it would all fit!)

Taking a Break

There is ABSOLUTELY no point in you working 24/7 all day every day. You'll just burn yourself out and not do as well in your work as you would if you'd just watched that episode of Gossip Girl (honestly! it might not seem like it but you need to feel refreshes sometimes). Even when you have a lot to do, and taking a break seems like a massive waste of time, its crucial that you do take some time out to yourself.

Communicate

If I'm stressed, or have questions, the best thing to do for me is to communicate. I will email a tutor, or book a meeting to go through my concerns. 9 times out of 10 I come out of that meeting, or receive an email back that makes me feel a lot more relaxed and better about what I am facing.

How have you been coping this year with your workload? Do you have any tips for staying on top?






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