How to Manage Your Workload at University

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1. Preparation is key.

Like my teacher always told me; fail to prepare, prepare to fail! A bit cheesy, I know but it is true. Preparation is vital for getting through university unscathed.

Buy a diary and some red pens. Scan through each module you have and make a note of when your assignments dates are due. This way you can plan your assignments early and stay on top of them. Doing this will make you submit assignments early and avoid the last-minute panic of trying to finish it just before the deadline!

2. Enjoy your reading and research!

It is very easy to leave a lecture and head straight to the pub and forget all about the ins and outs of micromanagement (we’ve all done it).

But wait don’t drown your sorrows, if you come across something interesting on your course, research it and read about it! Write down what you’ve learned and it will come in handy for your assignments.

It doesn’t take a lot of time and every little bit of research you do adds up. It also means you are more prepared for later when you start to write the assignment.

I found this technique useful as I actually began to enjoy writing my essays, meaning that I was more motivated when I had to write them.

3. Focus on one thing at a time.

For me this is really important, because I can be so tempted to have all my assignments open on word and then try and do them all at the same time.

So, what I have learnt when managing several different assignments at once, is to focus on the most critical and nearest deadline first, prioritise the one that needs to be done first and put 100% of your attention into it. I’d also advise turning the TV off and listen to music with now lyrics for example; jazz or classical, this helps me to concentrate a lot more.

If you do this, it will be completed efficiently and effectively, meaning that you can move on to the next assignment/project as early as possible.

4. Take time out for yourself.

At university, there is always something else to research, focus on or study for. But it is important that you do take time out for your own personal interests in order to maintain your motivation and perseverance for the term.

These activities could include anything from; gym sessions, meals out, watching a movie, hanging out with friends or even getting involved in university societies.

Anything that helps you relax properly away from work is ideal and make time to pursue that activity at least twice a week!

5. Don’t forget to ask for help!

Above all, if there is anything you are struggling with then don’t hesitate to ask your lecturer or tutor as that is what they are there for.

Any questions, no matter how silly you think they are could help you in your assignments and managing your workload more effectively. So, ask for help when you need it so that you have the best possible time at university!

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