it is only my second semester but I feel like I already learned that uni isn’t what it seems like. as always films don’t depict reality. uni is not all about sleeping in, pondering whether to go to class or sleep in and have fun – it is hard work. so here is what I have learned so far and what will help you to get through uni (if you stick to my “survival guide”).
1 make yourself a plan – planning your week or even your whole semester is one of the most efective ways to make sure that you stay on top with assignments and not putting yourself under too much pressure. sticking to your plan helps you to keep up with the classes’ content and to be aware of all the deadlines. they come faster than you think.
2 got out of the house to study – one of the things that I still have to put more effort in is getting out of the house to study. if you have a day off or are free on the weekends get out of your apartment/house, there is no way that you’ll be productive if you are staying in. I tend to just not do anything when I am in my apartment, everything seems more important than studying. get up, get ready and leave your house. pay your uni’s library a visit and you’ll probably get more done than you would have thought. being in an environment where other people are studying is infectious.
3 use free periods productively – if you are lucky enough to have a free period between classes use it to be productive. you would probably want to use that time to take a break, which is of course totally fine but as you are already in the studying mode – get some work done.
4 get things done in advance – don’t leave things till the last-minute. don’t try to convince yourself that you’ll have plenty of time left. use every bit of time that you can find. get things done in advance so you don’t have to worry about them anymore. you might be busy but you’ll have time to do something else or even be able to enjoy some free time once you are done.
5 ask for help – learn in groups – probably one of the most important things, ask for help. get out of your comfort zone and admit that you don’t understand something or you simply need some help. you for sure are not alone and studying in groups is way more fun than despairing on your own. having someone there that is able to encourage you is a huge help.
6 work out – not only will it help you to have a better and deeper sleep it will also make you a lot happier. endorphins. whenever I am able to find the time or make sure to put it into my weekly plan I feel a sense of achievement and more awake. not only will your body benefit from you working out it will also improve your ability of learing and remembering things.
7 turn off your phone – turn off your phone. one of the biggest distractions is my phone, looking at it every time that I am bored or even unconsciously turns into a half an hour instagram or even worse an hour-long session of warching youtube videos. just turn it off and yes you’ll be able to survive that.
8 eat and drink – make sure to eat and drink a lot of water, your brain and body needs fuel to function.
9 take a break and have fun – don’t put yourself under too much pressure. find a balance between uni and your free time. life isn’t all about university. after all your twenties are there to find yourself, to try out new things and to just enjoy life.
10 remember why – being aware of why you wanted to go to university in the first place is the number one thing that will help you to be discipline and work hard. set yourself a goal and work hard to achieve it. I am currently in a phase of doubt. as a perfectionist this is something that bothers me a lot because although I am doubting myself I don’t want to give up. if you ever feel drowned by your worries visualize your goal and the reason of you studying – remember why.