Naomi, an Associate Degree of Hospitality Management student, reveals 5 must-know tips in order to survive (and thrive) university.
- Study Diary
A study diary may seem pretty straightforward to many but if you are a first-year university student, it is a must. Your diary is like your bible, it should hold every single little thing regarding your uni life. It’s best to get a diary that has a yearly planner at the beginning so you can see where you’re are in terms of assessments, trimesters etc.
- Colour code important deadlines and dates
Again, this tip seems cliché but it’s effective! If you’re a visual person (like myself) it’s much easier to see a colour and realise what is due and when. Colour will help you convey structure and identify key milestones within your academic calendar. You can have a colour for your assignments, social events, classes, SRC meetings etc.
- Write uni weeks at the top of diary
Let’s face it, the reality is that uni can be tough at times and it can be overwhelming. Losing track of the uni weeks can happen regularly especially if you are working part-time. There are 12 weeks in the trimester so it is important to write the weeks at the top of your diary pages so you can stay on schedule for the entire trimester and keep the end goal in mind.
4. Network with your classmates
After being allocated your class, it’s best to know who you will be working with for the trimester. Familiarise yourself with everyone’s names and prepare yourself for your first class. During your first class, mingle with other students and get social with them. Add them on Facebook or grab their numbers and keep in contact with them about classes. This way you’re making friends with other university students and can exchange tips and tricks about subject content and the best coffee places in town. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than not talking to anybody in your classes!
5. Print out assignment schedule
This is a lifesaver. Once you know you’re subjects, write down what weeks your assignments are due and then copy and paste them in word document week by week. This will help you visualise when your assignments are due rather than flicking through a diary. Stick this at the front of your diary.
Written by Naomi Borg