Wow, getting back into studies is hard. Saying no to social stuff sucks and having to dedicate those days to study that were once full of Netflix, YouTube and fun stuff is even worse. So here are my top tips for trying to get back to it all. Also, if you have any extras, please let me know. I think I’m still in a little bit of denial.
1. Get organised, and stay organised.
It’s all well and good to make a plan but it’s a waste of time if you don’t stick to it. If you haven’t seen my post on the app Wunderlist than I suggest you check it out. As soon as my unit outlines come out I start to put all the assessments and even a break down of each week into this app. Then I start to block out time in my calendar. I personally like to have a digital calendar and I just use the Apple built in app. I love it being synced across all my devices and I love the flexibility of it. Plus the added bonus is that you have almost endless room to add activities, notes and you can share it with others. My husband gets notified if I’ve blocked time out to study and he has to leave me alone! haha
2. Get ahead.
If you’re organised from the start it makes it easier to keep on top of your workload. If you can plan out your assessments as early as possible as well, you will find it so much easier to gather information and figure it all out too. Therefore you can work smarter rather than harder, and focus on the areas you really need.
3. Get enough sleep as much as possible!
All nighters aren’t foreign to students. Hopefully though, if your organised and ahead you can limit your need for them. But even by having a generally good sleeping habit, you can make sure that you have enough energy to work well. I’m naturally a night owl, and working regular 9-5 (ish) shifts, really knocks me about. To combat this, I’ve worked hard at making a new routine for myself lately and even go so far to schedule sleep into my calendar. It has actually helped so much in making sure that I have a good 8 hour sleep every night.
4. Have fun still.
I know so far everything I’ve mentioned sounds hella boring, but the benefit of working hard is that you can take time out. Sometimes all I want to do is sit on the couch and snuggle hubby, other times I want to have a couple of drinks and catch up with friends. I actually think that taking time off and having events to look forward to really helps. I find that if I have no plans than I quickly get distracted from studying and just start to fluff about. Or if you are too tired and worked too much than your brain just kinda fries and you stop producing good work, plus your mood plummets.
5. Keep yourself reminded why your doing this.
I know exactly why I’m studying. I have my plans and goals for the future and I remind myself of it all the time. I try to always look towards the future and I’m happy to sacrifice fun and nights out now so that I can have the career I want. The fact that I enjoy learning the content is a big bonus in helping me stay focused. However, I just don’t like doing the assessments, so I really need these reminders to keep me chugging through them. If you’re struggling to look past your uni work, then it might be a good idea to take a break and refigure out what you want, or at least why your doing this.
My whole “strategy” when it comes to uni is to work smart, not necessarily hard. I want to block out a solid few hours of study and then sit back and play on my phone and watch tv without guilt. I like to get things done and then not have to worry about it. Everybody works differently though, and you need to do you. These are just some things that I make sure I do so that I don’t have a breakdown half way through the semester because I have too much to do.
Let me know how you stay on top of uni, and how you’re going settling back in.
Thanks for reading!