Starting university, whether you are a traditional or mature student, can be very daunting. There’s so many things you need to get sorted and it does seem very overwhelming. One thing that I can say I struggled with, was how to organise my work load. Here are a few tips to help you get started!
• Make a study schedule:
Having mountains of work can be very overwhelming. You don’t know where to start, there’s so much to do for just one lecture. The best way to deal with this is to make a study schedule - take out a few hours during your day to do certain work. Maybe read that article just before you cook your dinner. Maybe after dinner make notes on that lecture you missed. Remember to write your schedule down to keep on top of it all.
• Don’t be afraid to ask for help:
So many people are worried that they won’t get the proper help they need with their work. But if you don’t ask for any, you won’t get any. Although university consists of mostly independent work, your lecturers will always be ready to guide you in any way they can. They won’t be able to write your essay for you, but will suggest different papers or journals for you to read to help you understand your work. University libraries also organise different meetings to help with referencing or how to use journals etc.
• Keep on top of your reading:
I study English, which means I have a reading list of at least 20+ books and that’s not including my weekly reading of different articles and journals. Sometimes, it is very difficult to keep on top of it all. The best way to do this is to think logically. What reading is vital for your next lecture or seminar? Make sure you get that reading done first. Maybe do a little when you wake up or before you go to bed, that way it’s more likely to stay in your head. I also suggest finding your reading list before term begins, so you can get ahead.
• Allow yourself a break:
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do work all day every day! You are allowed a break sometimes. Maybe go for a walk or talk to a friend. Bake! Just remember to not over-work yourself.