Another year, another semester. University is back for 2020, and I’m sure there are mixed feeling about it. While I’m super grateful for the seemingly endless uni holidays, the first week back is always a bit of a shock to the system. Here is my personal guide to making it through and to help you thrive, not just survive.
Let’s keep this simple and to the point!
1. Get Organised and Get Ahead: Check out your Paper Outlines before your first lecture for each class. Check for any required textbooks so you can try and grab these secondhand before they run out! Pop each lecture into your calendar and add the class location for each. Go through and select the tutorials or labs which suit your timetable best too so you can get in first.
2. Use a Semester Planner: When you’re juggling 4 papers, assignments and due dates can often sneak up on you. Use a semester planner to keep on top of your assignment timelines so you’re never caught by surprise!
3. Start revising early: Review your lecture notes often, ideally sit in bed and read through each day’s notes before you fall asleep. Add minor details or things that help you remember each topic alongside your notes in a different coloured pen. If required, write a revision checklist for yourself to refer back to later in the semester. Add things you struggle to understand or anything you have a question about so you can ask the right questions when revision lectures come around!
4. Subject Tasks Lists will save your life: I like to keep a task list for each subject so I know exactly what I need to read over, review, study for, or work on. This keeps me on track for assignments, helps ensure I complete all my homework each night and reminds me to stay updated with my textbook readings too!
5. Print your Paper Outlines: In the first week, print you paper outlines and read through them. Highlight key points like assignment details, test days etc. put these straight into your calendar! Lecturers refer to these so often, and they hate when they’re asked questions which are already answered in the outline so do yourself a favour and just read it.
6. Meal Prep: Whether you live at home, in the halls or flatting, thinking ahead when it comes to your meals and snacks is essential. If you’re living at home or in the halls and meals are provided then make sure you pop to the supermarket and plan some healthy snacks for during the week. I’ve shared lots of snack ideas previously on the blog here and here. I love things like homemade trail mix, kale chips, roasted chickpeas and bliss balls. If you’re flatting, a simple meal prep each week can keep you on track with a limited budget and also make sure you’re not just living off pasta and 2-minute noodles. I highly recommend grabbing a few protein options and a few vegetable options from the supermarket - as this gives you lots of potential lunches and dinners. For example, a few kumara, carrots and a broccoli can be easily roasted in the oven together on one tray. While they roast, grill some chicken, or make some quick burger patties for a throw-together lunch or dinner in a flash!
7. Use Revision Sheets: Depending on your university subjects, you might have a lot of key terms or formulas you need to cram into your head. Revision sheets are the perfect way to record and visually revise these! I share my revision sheets in my Revision Queen Printable Collection as well as my Complete Collection - these honestly got me through high school exams and I still use them frequently.
8. Schedule in Breaks: It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of studying, partying and sleeping. Make sure you leave time in between to help you re-charge your mind and creative energy! For me, this means making time for exercise, for just being freely creative in the kitchen or spending time with family. I have to really schedule these times into my calendar so I know they’re non-negotiable and they get the time they deserve. I love using the Wellness Planner from my printable collection too, it helps me track my health, nutrition, sleep, and even water intake.
9. Structure your Study/Homework Time: To avoid the dreaded last minute cram and all-nighter, make sure you plan time to study and complete any homework frequently. I like to use either the Study Planner or the Homework Planner from my printable collection to write down in detail what I need to cover. This also helps me prioritise my workload, and structure my study into manageable 15-minute chunks of work so I stay productive.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out my Printable Collections in our Shop. I designed and created these during my high school years and they’ve gradually become perfected since finishing school! They cover all your revision/study needs as well as planning out your weeks and semesters! You’re sure to have your best year yet with these printables on your side!
What are your top tips for surviving uni? I’d love you to share them with me below!
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