I don’t know about you but when I have a lot of different things going on at the same time it helps me to take a moment to stop, step back and think about the best way to tackle it all.
With O-week a distant memory, week two of semester wrapped up and everyone about to plunge head-long into week three people are busy:
- wrapping up last week’s lecture notes
- working out where to find course readings, lecture slides and lecture recordings on Blackboard for all their units
- finding the textbook in the bookshop or library
- meeting new people in class and catching up for study groups (or a drink)
- starting to think about what assignments are coming up
- preparing for the next lecture
- jobs, toga parties, kids and life in general
Setting up a weekly and semester planner is a good way to set out (and remember) all your classes, workshops, labs, tutes, assignments, exams, shifts and deadlines. Sometimes I also like to sit down the night before a big day and make a daily To Do list to help me know where I have to be when, and what I have to have done. Be willing to be flexible in your plans but make sure you stay focused on what is most important.
And don’t forget to make time for yourself. Sit in a park and read a book. Drive down the coast and have a swim. Go for a walk along the river and eat an ice cream. Spending time away from study is a good balance to the time, stress and energy that you will be giving to the semester ahead.