1. Routine is NB
Hey couch potato! You’ve been on holiday for three months- it’s time to get off your bum and switch your brain from ‘summer mode’ to ‘work mode’. A good routine will guarantee your productivity for the year ahead. Make sure you schedule in things like exercise and time out along with lectures and study time.
2. Stock up on stationery
Buy in bulk- there really is no such thing as too much stationery. Make sure you have extra (especially a notebook and pen) in all the necessary places; your handbag, desk and backpack. You never know when you will need to write down some words of wisdom.
3. Student discount
Two sweet words that will spare your pocket. Take your student card with you when you’re buying supplies and textbooks. Keep and eye out for discounts and specials in stores. This card is also handy when paying for tickets to events or experiences (or you know, at bars) as you may get a student discount there too.
4. Prepare for res/digs life
If you are getting ready to move into res or digs, often your new living space is limited. Get your hands on lots of storage that can be tucked away. You’ll need to maximise your space.
5. Note-taking technique
Taking notes during lectures is so important – these notes are going to help you during exams and assignments. Keep these legible and organised.
6. Speed reading
There is so much reading material to get through at university- essays, textbooks, novels and research. The best trick to get through this mass of readings is to learn to speed read- the more you do it, the more you will get the hang of it. Keep a pen and highlighter with you to make notes.
7. To-do list system
The responsibility is on you now. Whether it’s an app on your phone or listed on a post-it you need a system that works for you. ‘Cause girl, you gotta get stuff done. Don’t fall behind.
Don’t you want to be your healthiest, happiest self? Exercise as been proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as release endorphins (those are happy hormones). Find an activity you enjoy or join a sports team.
9. Eating habits
Develop healthy habits now. Double the amount of veggies you normally eat. Put down that bowl of 2-minute noodles and cook a healthy meal. Make enough so that you have leftovers for tomorrow, or even to freeze and eat next week.
10. Save money on textbooks
Textbooks prices can really empty your bank account. Look at alternative ways of getting your hands on these. Buy the digital version. Get it second hand. Or use the one from the library that you can take notes from.
11. Limit tech time
‘I just want to check Facebook one more time’. Self-control is important when it comes to technology. When you’re working or studying switch your phone off, or hide it away so you aren’t tempted.
We all have our creative side- taking photos, drawing, painting even knitting (it’s cool again, just ask Ryan Gosling or Dakota Fanning). Make sure you have what you will need for this. Take time out every now and again to switch off the left brain and use the right brain.
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