Hello! I have just entered my fifth and final year at university! I can’t believe I am nearly at the end of my degree. It is pretty exciting but also terrifying that I will have to find a full time job at the end hopefully in my area of study. So after four years I have accumulated some pretty good tips on how to survive uni and I thought I would share them with you today. Hopefully this can be helpful to some of you just starting out at uni or perhaps already partway through your degree but need a helping hand.
- Create an assessment timetable for the semester. In the timetable I have weeks along the top and subjects along the side. I include what the assessment is, how much it is weighted and when it is due (in the appropriate week). I also add an extra row along the bottom of ‘life’ events such as holidays or weddings or concerts that I need to keep track of. This allows me to see when things are due plus when I won’t have time to do certain things. It is a great way to keep track of assessments and ensure everything is done on time!
- Have a weekly to-do list. This includes things like weekly readings, tutorials, lectures and any other homework that needs to be done on a weekly basis. I then tick off each thing for each subject week by week to make sure I’m getting everything I need to get done finished. I know it may seem repetitive, but it really does help keep track of how many lectures you’ve listened to or if you actually finished the reading for that week.
- Put aside time to do something fun. University can be stressful but it’s important to put aside some time each week to spend with family or friends or just by yourself. It’s a time when you can allow yourself to wind down and not worry about all the work you have to do. For me I have a whole day on Tuesdays that I get to spend with my boyfriend as we don’t have classes that day, and we often cook dinner for my family so I get to hang out with them all.
- Don’t leave things to the last minute! I am very much a plan ahead and get ahead kind of person, so I’m not often in this predicament. But on the odd occasion when I have been, I get super stressed and tend to freak myself out about it all. So just don’t do it. It’s not worth it. Do things ahead of time so you’re not trying to submit an assignment at 11.59pm on a Friday night hoping it will submit in time or stuttering in class because you didn’t do any of the readings.
- This last tip is mostly for first or second year students, and it is perhaps the most terrifying, at least for someone like me who is super shy, but in that first lecture or first tutorial, sit next to someone who you think looks nice and friendly and introduce yourself. I know right, talking to a total stranger is not my idea of fun, but university can be daunting in terms of making friends when you are often not in classes with the same people (depending on your degree), so it is really important to get out there in the first couple of classes to try and make some friends.
So those are my top 5 tips for university. I hope you found them helpful. Let me know in the comments below your top tip for surviving university.
Thanks for reading, Christina xo