The secret to loving university study, tips to stay on track

THE UNIVERSITY semester has reared it ugly head once again for the year, so here are a few simple tips to make sure you don't fall behind.
THE UNIVERSITY semester has reared it ugly head once again for the year, so here are a few simple tips to make sure you don't fall behind. monkeybusinessimages

AS A university student, I know the struggles of starting a new semester.

You feel like you just got a break and are starting to relax and all of a sudden it's time to dive head first into the books ... Again.

My advice is, don't.

I believe the worst thing you can do is gear yourself up for the semester, load up on all the knowledge you can and try to smash out a whole heap of work.

You're probably going to forget it all by week two.

The best thing to do is ease into it, take your time and give yourself space to breathe.

Clearing your mind from stress overload will definitely help you to soak up this week's lecture more efficiently than going into it full bore.

So if you are starting university this semester here are a few tips to make sure you don't drown in a sea of due dates.

1. Allocate a time each day to study.

This is important, especially if you are a distance student and have a job or commitments throughout the day.

Set an alarm and label it so you know it's time to get some work done.

If you're like me and need a little motivation other than an alarm, try labelling the alarm something like 'SIT YOUR A** DOWN AND STUDY!'

Trust me it works --- the more confronting the better.

Give yourself at least two hours every day - and this may change as to whether you are an on campus student, distance student, full time or part time.

But the message is clear, know how well you study and the time needed to do so.

2. Balance is everything.

Imagine if all you did was wake up, study, go to work, come home, study, go to bed and repeat it all the next day?

You will begin to hate university and it wont be long before you completely wipe yourself out.

This was my approach when I first started working and studying.

And it sucked.

If you're the dedicated type and like to spend some time on the weekend doing university, that's great.

But don't let it become your weekend.

Get out of the house, see some friends, do some exercise.

Break your work periods up into an equal work to play ratio.

Remember, those who work hard get to play hard. You will feel a whole lot better out with friends or having fun knowing you're on top of your study.

Just don't wipe out any brain cells enjoying yourself 'too much.'

3. Love what you're doing.

Easier said than done right?

Anyone who studies knows that with every course and chosen electives comes the core subjects. The subjects we don't choose to do, but have to for the marks.


Here's a hot tip: if you don't interest yourself you're wasting your time.

Immerse yourself in the subject and really get to know the subject.

And if you still hate it, at least you know enough about the subject to know why.

What's the point in spending so much time on something you aren't really learning? Learn it and learn it well.

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