FROM ONE STUDENT TO ANOTHER

Being a fellow university student, I know some of the pros and cons of being a student. Pros - student discount (hallelujah) and the help some of us get from student finance. Cons - actually having to write essays, being stressed constantly and not forgetting being tired all of the time. My first year was a breeze. My second year, not so much. I am extremely worried about going into my third year. When I used to hear people say that university was hard, I never really believed them and I honestly do not know how some students go out every night when they are at university, because I could not. Everyday I am worrying that I haven't done the reading/work for my seminars, that I haven't completed the reading for my lectures, that I haven't started my essay which is due in a week, that I haven't submitted an assignment. And... it goes on. So here are a few tips from me, to help your time as a student run that tiny bit smoother.


DO NOT PROCRASTINATE


As easy as it is to procrastinate and put off writing that essay, just do not do it. You will thank yourself in the long run. I am the queen of procrastinating and it is something I am definitely changing in 2017. It causes unnecessary stress and leaving it until the last minute doesn't help you get better grades, it makes everything worse. So just DON'T DO IT OK? 

PLAN, PLAN AND PLAN



I find that writing things down and planning really helps me to stay on track. I created a Printable 'Ultimate Student Planner' which is available to purchase on my Etsy - here. It includes a reading list so you can keep on top of your reading for each module, an assignment tracker so you won't lose track of those important assignments, a daily planner and more!

GET ENOUGH SLEEP


There is nothing worse than when you have a 9am lecture and you can't keep your eyes open. I mean, you might as well not be there. I definitely can't focus in a 2 hour lecture if I haven't had enough sleep, my brain just cannot function, therefore it cannot take anything in.

SIGN UP TO STUDENT DISCOUNT SITES


Who doesn't love a discount?! I sure do. Sign up to UNiDAYS, StudentBeans, get an NUS extra card, and remember you can use your Student ID card to get money off at the cinema! (If you have any other student discount sites please let me know in the comments!)

PREPARE YOUR LUNCH THE NIGHT BEFORE


This will save you SO much money. I always try to prepare my lunches the night before so that they are ready for me to grab in the morning. It saves me so much money and I don't end up grabbing the delicious pizza, cake, and all things naughty.

REFERENCE AS YOU GO


Make sure you reference your essay as you go, because you may forget to put it in or forget where you got it from! Then you have to get rid of that amazing reference and find another! Save time and do it as you go.

DON'T BUY EVERY BOOK ON YOUR READING LIST AT THE START OF THE SEMESTER


Once you get into the first few weeks you realise which books are actually worth purchasing. And funnily enough, you only use three out of the 10 you have been told to buy! Don't be like me and buy all of them and never read them! Oh and buy them second hand online - so much cheaper.

STUDY SESSIONS WITH FRIENDS


Working alongside your friend is so much more fun than by yourself. It can actually benefit your work too as sometimes you may not understand something as well as your friend, or vice versa. You can learn a lot from each other and have a bit of fun at the same time so it's not too strenuous. My friend and I spent a whole day in the library writing our lab reports together - which we had no clue how to do but we got there in the end. After a day of hot chocolates, lots of snacks, pot noodles and a few rants.

PAY ATTENTION AND ASK FOR HELP


If you want to learn anything, you need to pay attention. Don't waste your valuable time and money messing about in lectures/seminars etc. spend it wisely and use the information to learn as much as you can from your course and if you are struggling or need help, book a tutorial with your lecturers.

What are your tips for us fellow students? I'd love to know - because I still haven't mastered the art of being a student. 


Lot's of love, Soph x

12 comments

  1. I'm still at secondary school but I'm thinking about what I want to do or whether I want to go to uni at the moment, my mum always says about how hard it was for her and I don't think it's changed! You seem to be on the right track and have a really good mindset though, I'm going to have a look at that student planner now! :) x

    Eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. It is super hard at times but I love it! And I am so glad I decided to go to uni. Throughout college I was adamant that I wasn't going to go but I changed my mind last minute and I'm so happy I did. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! Thank you! I hope you like my planner! X

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  2. This post has strangely made me miss being a student! Minus the referencing, of course ahahaha. And procrastination through mid-reading naps was exactly what got me behind every week! So safe to say, I didn't get through many of the books I purchased in first year haha. Studying with course friends can be so much more fun as well :)

    Milenka Millie
    millieonhearts.com

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    1. Yeah I am not going to miss referencing haha! I haven't used half of my books either, I'm debating selling them! I spent so much money on them and haven't even picked them up! Procrastination is a sucker! xx

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  3. This is so helpful! I'm in my first year right now and this post is just everything I need. Thanks love! Xx Larice

    https://hilarice.wordpress.com

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    1. Aww I'm so glad this has helped you lovely! Good luck with your first year! Xx

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  4. Sleep is defo one I need to remember more about!!

    Parie x

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    1. I always plan on having an early night but get distracted by something! This year I WILL get more sleep! X

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  5. Definitely agree with procrastination! It feels bad when you are doing it and when you need to finish something, the stress kills me! Thanks for the student tips and I hope you have a wonderful semester

    xo, Yasmin
    http://www.iamyasmin.ca

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    1. Yes I'm the same! But I try to think about how relieved I'll feel once I have got it done! You're very welcome, thank you so much! I hope you do also! Xx

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  6. I love this post so much! I know sometimes people just say that but seriously! I'm in my first year so this was so helpful. I definitely need to get better at not procrastinating, but I have been referencing as I go and planning lots so I'm happy with that. I live on campus at the moment so I'm lucky that I can get lunch in between uni from home. What stresses me out the most though is probably living in halls. It's so messy all the time, I walked into my kitchen this morning to see pizza, mini cheddars and what looks like spilt Coca Cola all over the floor. I know the people that makes the mess won't clear it up and although I don't want to live in a house like this, out of principle I don't want to clear it up because it's not my mess, stresses me out but then I guess that's just apart of university and something that I can't control myself. Love your blog and this post xx

    http://jasminelaurenfancy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks lovely! I'm so glad this has helped you! Ah that would stress me out also, luckily I still live at home as my uni is in my hometown! I couldn't deal with living in halls, my friend did and she absolutely hated it! I used to go to her flat and it always smelt because no-one else but my friend would put the bins out and there was always dishes everywhere because again, my friend was the only one who would wash them! It's not fair! Aww thank you so much, that is so lovely to hear! xx

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