Getting back into the swing of studying

Whether you've been on an epic holiday, long breaks from a classroom environment can make anyone feel a bit rusty.

11 January 2022 | Education

Desiree Gases

The best way to combat this is taking pressure off yourself, and starting it slow and easy. If you’re a first-year student, it is imperative to know unlike high school, you’ll need considerably more than pen and paper to help you plan for going to college.

Starting college is an exciting step in one’s life, but it can definitely be stressful or scary at times, especially if you decided to study abroad or its your first year. These are some tips on how to make the most out of your first year at university. Keep these tips in mind once you start classes, but more importantly don’t forget to have fun along the way!

As the saying goes, an ordered desk equals an ordered mind. So, before you begin with university, ensure you take the time to clean and organise your study space, (including the not so obvious areas like your computer's desktop). When picking your perfect study space, it's perfect if you choose an area that receives a lot of natural light and is free from distractions.

Set goals. While setting hard goals can motivate you to achieve, it's important to keep your goals realistic and achievable. Putting pressure on yourself, especially when you've had a break from studying, can be detrimental to your progress. Instead, be patient and give yourself time to get back into the swing of studying. Rather than judging yourself on your results, which may be disappoint you in the beginning, judge yourself on the amount of effort you're putting in and the results will follow.

Establish a daily routine. It can be hard getting back into the gist of things after a lengthy holiday and establishing a daily routine can help. Deadlines and tight schedules are stressful. However, if you have a routine, you’ll feel less stressed because you’ll have your study time blocked out and won’t worry about running errands.

Merlyn Jagger, a student at Nust, says: “I usually set a routine up for myself a week before school starts, because it genuinely makes me feel more organised and less all over the place when my classes start, because school can be very overwhelming the first few weeks.”

Take advantage of every free moment. If you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office, or to pick up your child from soccer practice, keep your textbook and notes nearby. Digital access to curriculum makes this even easier these days. Come time for exams, you’ll be grateful for every moment of waiting spent studying.

Lastly, just have fun. University truly is the best time of your life. You’re young, don’t have many responsibilities, you’re surrounded by awesome friends. Have fun and work on those stories you’ll inevitably tell your grandchildren. Now you’re ready to start putting all the pieces in place.

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