Despite the general consensus, the life of a student can be undeniably difficult. Particularly for newbies, being able to balance a list of essays, reports, presentations on your reports and even more essays, can be a difficult task making it all a bit overwhelming for new and nervy first years. During the most stressful times of the year when almost every assignment imaginable is due, being

able to harness productivity is of monumental importance. As such, here are our top 8 tips to keep new students on track and make their life that little bit easier.

1: Make a list Is there anything worse than forgetting that essay due in less than 24 hours? Our first tip is to keep on track by writing your tasks down by due date or alternatively, in order of importance. This will keep the increasing stress levels at bay, (for now at least), and keep your mind focused and prepared for what’s to come. Being able to write your commitments down sounds relatively simple, well, it is. Despite being one of the more basic skills, it enlightens new students what they need to do, when they need to do it and provides a system they can rely on, that’s why we have placed it as our number one tip and the benchmark for productivity.

2: Plan your work The transition between school and university provides many differences. To the disappointment of many, work cannot be jotted down 20 minutes before class. In uni, tasks require preparation and a well thought out battle plan. Therefore, at number two is creating an action plan. This will save new students time, effort later on and a whole lot of stress. By knowing what you need to do step by step for each essay or report, this will encourage productivity and assignments might even be started earlier than the day before its due, always a bonus!

3: Start early You don’t want to hand in essays and reports which don’t reflect what you are truly capable of. By starting early, you are given time to prepare the best work you can, and even get a head start on the rest of the class! Starting a couple weeks in advance will mitigate the stress of a narrowing time frame and might push your grade up those much needed extra couple of marks.

4: Get the worst out the way There’s nothing worse than having a barrel load of work hanging over you. Having a huge report or essay due may discourage you from starting any of the other thousand tasks which are on your plate. By getting the most difficult out the way, this will encourage you to buckle up and get on with the rest. At the very least you can always think “it can only get better from here on in.”

5: Airplane mode: On Having the latest scores, gossip and news at your beckon call through either Twitter, Facebook, Instagram can prove hugely distracting. In at number five, we suggest you put your phone on airplane mode or off all together. A two-minute thesaurus search can turn into a five hour Netflix marathon quite easily, proving detrimental to your work and less than productive in the grand scheme of things. Keeping your phone at a distance will limit the distractions which surround you and keep new and old students on task.

6: Don’t burn yourself out Although a twelve-hour study session may sound beneficial in theory, this may discourage new students to do any work later on in the week. “I don’t need to do any studying, I did loads yesterday”, sound familiar? It is essential to take small breaks to give yourself a breather and to prevent feeling overwhelmed by your workload. Working for too long can hinder your progress and prevent you from working in the days to come.

7: It’s okay to say no Sometimes new students will need to make sacrifices and by just saying “no” can prove beneficial for both you and your work. Not going to that party, taking that extra shift or watching the football can give you that much desired time to get on with your work and complete the many tasks which you have been presented. Although you may not think this at the time, it is definitely worth your while.

8: Exercise Don’t become a slave to your workbooks! Its important to get some exercise or else your days of lounging between couch and textbook will slowly become both monotonous and repetitive. Exercise can give you that much needed lift between studies, giving you the right mindset to get on with your work.

Conclusion - Being a student isn’t easy and comes with many challenges. However, it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these tips you will be well on your way to enjoying one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!  


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