Welcome back to the second trimester I hope you all had wonderful relaxing breaks. If you’re like me, you might be optimistic coming into trimester two: planning to stay on top of readings and assignments, and generally just being a bit organised. Without fail, I go through this process every single trimester. So here’s a few study habits I’ve picked up that help me stay organised.
Go to lectures and tutorials.
This is pretty self-explanatory, going to classes helps you know the content better.
Learn how to do your readings.
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You don’t need to read every single word of all your readings! Learn to skim read. Start by reading the abstract and headings, then the intro and conclusion, and skim the main points. If there’s anything particularly relevant to your assignments or classes, read those parts in full. It also helps stay on top of things if you find some friends in your classes and divvy up the readings, then meet each week to share what you’ve read.
Start assignments early.
Throughout undergrad I started most assignments at least two weeks early. I work out how many days I have to write the essay and how much I have to write each day to get it written in time. This makes staring at an empty word document a lot less daunting! Also, nothing good gets written after 10pm. Just get some sleep, and start afresh the next day—coherent essays are likely to do a lot better than a whole lotta bullshit written at 3am.
Utilise the library.
The library is the bee’s knees, y’all. They have so many great resources that can help you. Whether it’s help with research from your subject librarian, booking study rooms to work on assignments with friends, or simply utilising the massive array of books and journals—the library has your back.
Seek help when you need it.
This is so important! The uni has a lot of support systems in place that can help you out. Lecturers and tutors are always willing to assist you, student support services and mentoring programmes can help with assignments, and student health’s doctors and counsellors look after your wellbeing. We all want you to succeed!