- Get organised – in high school everything was organised for you by teachers, but at university you are responsible for organising your own study timetable. Buy an organiser or use your phone to map out when and where your classes are and when each of your assessment pieces is due.
- University is different from high school – while good grades may have come very naturally to you at high school, at university you will have to earn them.
- Find your ideal place to study – whether it be in the library, the academic centre, or underneath one of the trees in the quad, find somewhere that you feel comfortable but which also keeps you focused and free from distractions.
- Attend your lectures and tutorials – this may seem obvious but they will not only help you come to grips with materials, but they can also help shed light on other information through engaging discussions. Tutorials will help you consolidate the information you have learned in your lectures.
- Balance your life – don’t become so overwhelmed with study that you fail to find a recreational balance.
- Don’t procrastinate – prioritise instead. Set yourself a to-do list and try attempting the hardest thing first.
- Eat a balanced diet – this will help you maintain your energy levels and also stay focused.
- If you are struggling, ask for help – here at College you are surrounded by staff who are dedicated to helping you through your studies.
The best way to manage your time at university is to treat your study like a job with regular hours. The easiest way to do this is to map out your study on a semester, weekly and daily basis.
Set your semester plan up as a wall planner so that you can refer to it easily. Include key course dates such as lectures, tutorials and assignment deadlines; social and sporting commitments; and work commitments.
Set up your weekly planner in a diary or on your phone. Include all fixed commitments and regular study times (remember that you should be allowing 10 hours of study per subject, per week).
Map out a to-do list remembering to set specific goals, dot point your tasks and tick them off as you go. Remember to allow yourself regular breaks.
Be SMART when setting yourself goals:
S is for Specific – set yourself specific goals such as “I will study for my exam by reading through chapter one and answering the questions”.
M is for Measurable – make sure your goals are measurable. If you can’t measure a goal, how will you know that you have achieved it?
A is for Achievable – If something is too far out of your reach, you are more likely to lose motivation. Set goals that you know you can achieve.
R is for Realistic – set unrealistic goals like swearing off social events for the whole semester. Instead, find a realistic balance such as “I will set aside time on the weekend to socialise”.
T is for Time-frame – set a time-frame for your goal as it will give you a clear target to work towards.
Are you feeling a little lost? In need of some advice? Whether it be pastoral care, academia or student planning, we have you covered.
Having trouble with your program or course? Are you concerned about your classes? Curious about tutorials? If you have any questions regarding your academic progression, university or tutorials, book in to see Vice Principal Dr Lesa Scholl or Assistant Dean Charlotte Lawrence.
Having trouble planning your study? Concerned about goal setting and career choices?Suffering from study induced anxiety? Make an appointment with Assistant Dean Jenn Jasinski. She is a qualified Life Coach who can help you get on the right track with your university work as well as provide you with new skills for managing your goals and reaching your potential.