If you’ve ever felt so completely overwhelmed that you want to cry, you’re not alone. I’ve been there a dozen times and I know that many other students have as well. Along with university comes great expectations. Study, a part time job, family life, social life and extra-curricular clubs are just a few of things that students have to juggle along with their workload. Getting your mind around everything to start prioritising at university can be difficult.
I’m usually pretty good at staying on top of my study, but I recently completed an internship which chewed up a lot of my time, and I’m at a point in the semester where I have a lot of due dates approaching fast. Taking some time out of my day to prioritise what I need to work on is what gets me through these rough periods during the semester. Knowing how to prioritise is an important skill for students to have that will make your time at university so much easier.
It’s important as a student to start the day right. A good morning helps you focus early and prepare for the day to come. I never really thought mornings were anything important or any different from any other part of the day. As long as got up on time (i.e. before the 6th snoozed alarm went off) and I was on my way to class by 8AM I considered it successful. It wasn’t though. I was always in a rush in the morning, I didn’t even have time to wake up before class and usually couldn’t really focus on anything until a few hours into the morning.
I had it down to a fine art. I could get ready in 30 minutes but still be half asleep when I left. In an effort to improve my day (and do something with my hair that wasn’t a haphazard bun) I decided to get up half an hour earlier and give myself more time in the morning. Let me tell you, it made all the difference!
In this post, I’m going to share a few little hacks that I use to help me wake up, get focused and start the day right. The best part? It’s not about getting up super early to try and fit everything into your morning routine. It’s about what makes you feel great in the morning. So you can mix and match these little hacks and create your own individual morning routine that works for you!
When the mid semester break finally arrives you might find yourself in one of two positions: either you are completely up to date on all your schoolwork, or you have fallen behind (a little or a lot) and need to use the break to organise your study.
Well, if you have fallen behind, fear not! I have some simple and effective ways that you can use your mid semester break to organise your study and catch up on work. Going back to class without the looming guilt of “I should have done more” will feel so good.
Got a STEM exam looming ahead of you? Studying for any STEM exam (that is, science, technology, engineering and maths) is no easy task. It’s a different kind of studying to a humanities exam and sometimes it’s a little hard to get your head around (especially when you lack the motivation for study). STEM subjects generally don’t involve essays or writing type questions, but instead put the focus on problem solving and equations.
Since I have a STEM exam coming up (a general relativity one in fact, eek!) I thought I’d share a few quick tips that I use when studying for a STEM exam.
At the beginning of the semester, scheduling time in your life to unwind and de-stress may not be at the front of your mind. For me it was way in the back, thrown in a dark cupboard. I was not thinking about it at all. As the weeks went by, however, I found myself with more and more work to do. Last week, I ended up completely frazzled. I was tired, demotivated and I went to class everyday and all I could think about was that I wasn’t getting enough work done, that I should be spending time working on bigger projects and that I didn’t have time to waste.
Then I realised something. I was so focused on being productive that I didn’t have any downtime to give myself a break. I was four weeks into the semester and I already felt burnt out!
I have heard a lot of talk recently about monotasking and multitasking and which is better for students. Monotasking involves focusing on one thing at a time, where multitasking involves, you guessed it, focusing on multiple things at the same time. After some research, I found out that it’s not a case of one size fits all. Some people work better when they are working on fifty different things. Others find it easier to be productive by putting their focus into one task entirely.
Whether you are a new or an experienced student, falling behind in your classes can be a serious danger to your academic success. Studying can be overwhelming for anybody and a build-up of work can increase your stress levels. Playing catch up is, however, a common occurrence for students. Even with the best intentions to stay up to date there are always things that can push you off track. We can fall behind due to unexpected events, like illness, but sometimes we just get lazy or lose our motivation. Luckily, there are things that you can do as a student to avoid falling behind.
If you’ve ever lost your study motivation, you’re not alone. Finding the motivation to sit down and get work done can be difficult for students. Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel like the right time to study. Maybe you’re feeling lethargic. Maybe you’ve got other things on your mind. There have been a number of times when I feel so stressed about the amount of work that I need to do, that I can’t get myself to start any of it, let alone get any productive study done.
If you lose your study motivation, work begins to pile up and you’ll find yourself falling behind. Since it’s important to study consistently and regularly, you want to be able to draw on this motivation any time. So, I’ve got four ways for you to find your study motivation and get to work.
Developing study habits is something that every university student should do. Whether you are in your first year or your last, it’s never too late to make studying a regular and productive task. Study habits refer to the practices that you use to help you learn academic material. Effective and regular habits help to improve your academic performance and avoid last minute stress.
Sleep. It’s one of those love-hate things for me as a student. On the one hand I love it when I’m tired, particularly after a long day of classes and work. On the other, I hate when I need it but I have to stay up to finish an assignment or I try to sleep and I end up lying in bed for 3 hours because my brain won’t shut down. Turns out many people share this problem. Not being able to sleep well, or at all, is a common ailment for students across the globe. In fact, guess who is one of the most sleep deprived populations? That’s right, it’s university students!