University can be a scary thing. For some people, it means moving away from home to study. For others, it means starting at a new place not knowing anyone.
For me personally, I went to a University about 2 hours away from my hometown, I didn’t know anyone and because of that, I decide to drive there every day which got very hard for me.
It’s not all that bad! Uni is one of the best times in your life. It’s where you truly find yourself and make some amazing friends, without the pettiness of high school.
In Australia, it’s almost time for new students to start Uni which inspired me to write this post. Whilst I am now an online student (Due to work commitments) I can gladly say that my time spent on campus studying at uni were some of the best times in my life! In this post, I’ll give you some tips on how to prepare for uni!
Join a Social Club
University isn’t only about getting a degree so you can get a job. It’s a place where you can really find yourself and explore your interests so why not join a club. You may be studying business but have a passion for photography so why not join the photography club? You’ll meet like-minded people and who knows you may even make a lifelong friend. It’s a great way to not only meet new people but relax a little from the stresses of study.
Explore The Campus Before Your Classes Start
It’s a new environment your not expected to know your way around the campus, but you don’t want to be late on your first day. On my first day of uni, there was an accident on the highway, I live two hours away so I was about 45 minutes late to my first class despite leaving early… It was quite embarrassing walking in and everyone staring at you. Plus I had no idea where my class was which made it more stressful! Go to the campus a day or two before classes start and scope out your classrooms. If you’re travelling like I was, time your drive and leave at least an hour earlier.
Get All Your Books As Soon As The Booklist Is Out
Booklists are usually out about a month before you start uni, depending on where you go. Don’t wait until the week before to buy your books. Get them ASAP and start taking notes. It’s very rear that you won’t use the whole textbook. Even if you don’t have your prescribed readings yet (and you probably won’t) just read the damn textbook and take notes. It saves so much time and effort, especially for when you have assignments to do. Getting ahead helps so much and takes so much pressure off of you. I know for me personally, when I am doing assignments I literally have no time to do readings or anything else and it can get really stressful when you fall behind. That’s why I always try to stay ahead.
Study For Your Exams From Week 1
Yep, that’s right. Start studying for exams as soon as you start! It makes life so much easier. What I like to do is make an ‘exam book’. I will write all my notes down from the textbook, lecture and tutorials and then condense them down into an exam book. Before bed every night I will read those notes and then go to sleep. I also like to break it up. A typical Uni trimester/semester is made up of 12 weeks. I will study notes from Week 1-4 for a month (as in I will start from week one, read my week one notes for a whole week, continue to week two read my week one and two notes for a whole week, etc) Week 5-8 for a month and weeks 9-12 for a month. By the time exams come you already know most of the content and you only need to put minimal effort into study. When exams come I like to do a practise exam and read over my notes one or two more times and I am good to go! Trust me, it beats cramming.
Talk To Everyone and Anyone
It’s no fun being alone. Even if your main priority is to study, it helps to study in a group! So start chatting with your classmates and random people. Really put yourself out there. University is something that you’re meant to enjoy so make the most of it. It goes by pretty fast! Trust me, I’m in my last year of my undergraduate and I feel as if I have just started.
I hope these tips help and good luck with your studies!
That’s all from me.
Until next time my lovely xxx
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