Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Assignment Advice

It feels like my life is like a never ending cycle of doing assignments for university. It's particular more noticeable as the deadlines get closer and the time to complete assignments are running out.
I have completed all of my assignments now. I just need to read over and submit one more then that will be my second year over and done with. That's because I have this experiential learning in my university after Easter for five weeks which is like doing a work placement but it's set in university and basically it's just like doing a 9 to 5 job.

Now as I have only one more assignment to submit and I've spent most of my time freaking out about all the assignments I've had to do, I thought I would share some advice with you guys on what I have learned.

Let your housemates know you have assignments
Honestly, my housemates have been so supportive as they also have assignments to do with similar deadlines to me so letting them know all my deadlines and assignments is really great. They will support you and tell you to go do your assignment. It's such a benefit to be with housemates that are sort of in the same boat as you who have assignments to do too. They're kind of a motivation for you to work on your assignment.

Don't stress yourself out about them
Stressing about your assignments just gives you way more stress than there actually is and it's not good. The time you are spending freaking out about the upcoming deadlines could be time spent actually doing your assignment. It's not an optional thing assignments sadly unless you want to fail but they have to be done so you may as well just do them. Come up with a plan of what you need to do, set yourself little goals you want to achieve during the day for your assignments. Just do an hour of working on your assignment and see how you feel. If you are like me then you normally want to work longer after that hour is done so then you end up working for two or three hours which is amazing because you have progressed more on your assignment and you are one step closer to completing it.

Pull all dayers, not all nighters
Some people feel the need to pull all nighters for their assignments and I give you props if you do actually manage to do it while not feeling like a mentally exhausted pigeon. I've tried doing assignments all night but I just get so tired. My mind and body are literally telling me to sleep but I'm forcing myself awake to do the assignments. I realize that I can't focus on what I'm writing or reading and my brain just wants me to give up. I find it a struggle then when I do finally go to bed, I don't wake up until later on the next day. I've then wasted a days worth of doing my assignment because I've been sleeping. It's not good. However, some people like to do it. I however prefer the all dayers. I know that sounds weird but it basically summarizes it up. I wake up early at 7am or until 7:30am. I get up, get dressed, eat breakfast and have coffee then I take my bag with all the stuff I need and go to the university library which opens at 8:30am. When I get there I feel a sense of happiness because I have such much time to do my assignment. I could do it for twelve hours if I wanted to (I don't by the way, I usually end up going back home later in the afternoon). Just the knowledge I have so much time to work on my assignment for the day makes me feel so productive. I have actually written a thousand word assignment in four hours because I got up and went to the library early in the morning. I'm not even tired because I've had a good nights sleep the night before and I've sort of trained my body to get up early. I sometimes wake up by myself without an alarm at 7am even though I didn't even need to get up then. If you get into a routine of doing this then you will get so much done and you'll get the seven to eight hours sleep you need.

Reward yourself
Give yourself a reward for doing your assignment. If you have said I'm going to do a thousand words of my assignment today then reward yourself with something. It's like a motivation knowing you are getting something at the end of doing those thousand words. Also take regular breaks as a reward. Don't work out flat out for eight hours with no breaks. You'll feel so stressed out. Just give your brain a rest and take like a fifteen minute break.

Try not to leave your assignments to the day/night before
Even though your working under pressure because you literally have no choice because the deadline is the next day, try not to do this. At least if you're going to do your assignments last minute try to give it a week or a few days before the deadline just so you have just the right amount of days to do it. The day before means you have to do it flat out because you have no choice and you might miss out on the things that could have been worth adding to your assignment to make it better. If you are doing your assignment last minute, try to give yourself enough time to do it before the deadline so you're not stressing out and if you don't get it all done in one then you'll have the next to finish it off.

Anyway, I hope these tips were helpful to any of you doing your assignments. You're nearly over with them so just keep going and you'll be fine. Get to that point where you've done them and you can relax because trust me, not having any worries about assignments is the best feeling ever.

I'll be back again soon with another post.

See you then

Megan x

Sunday, 12 March 2017

University Study Tips!

Hey guys!

Long time no post!

I feel like I say that a lot on this blog but sometimes it happens. However, I'm still here and I have been busy with just life and uni work as this is my last month of second year and the pressure to get things done is one. As I've been studying and doing assignments that I'd share with you my study tips which I have learnt over this period of time which might be helpful to some of you guys.

Treat your uni work as a nine to five job

This has probably been one of the best tips I've ever been given by someone. If you spend around six to eight hours a day doing your work then you'll get it done in no time. You can do this five days a week and have weekends off to do whatever you like. Just get yourself in a routine where you wake up early in the morning get ready for the day, eat breakfast then crack on with some work. If you do this everyday you'll feel more productive and your body clock will get used to the idea to wake up early. I also find that when I wake up earlier I want to sleep earlier so in a way this tip is so helpful to your body and mind. Just remember to take breaks ever two hours so you're not stressed out.

Make to do lists 

Do make to do lists on what you need to get done. I live by to do lists. Put whatever assignment is the most challenging at the top of the list so that it's over and done with then the rest will be easier for you. If you have a plan and follow it then you will get through the assignments.

Don't leave it until the last minute

Honestly this is the worst thing you could possibly do. You might work better under pressure but honestly that is not good. You could do so much better in an assignment if you start it a month before it's due. Even just planning and doing a bit of research on your assignment plus getting an idea of it will be so helpful to you. Also if you start it a month before it's due and you don't understand it or don't know if your ideas are good enough then you can ask your lecturers because they will help you and lead you in the right direction. This way you are guaranteed to pass your assignment. Trust me when I say do not leave your assignments until the last minute.

Go to the library

I'm not even kidding about this. Just go to the library to do your work because it's quiet and your surrounded by other people who are working as well. Plus you have access to all the books you'll need for your assignments. Honestly, I find working in the library so much better than working on my desk in my bedroom because I just feel more motivated to do work and there are less distractions in the library than when you're working at home.

Reward yourself

I find that rewarding myself with a treat after doing a bit of work on my assignment really does motivate me to do it. Sometimes I'll say if I work on this assignment for two hours then I can go hang out with my friends or watch a movie on Netflix or play on my Playstation for the rest of the day. Just give reward yourself after you've done a good amount of work that day because honestly it's a good motivation knowing you have something to look forward to after you've done your work.

Think of all that free time after you've completed all your assignments

Just think about once you've done all your assignments how much free time you'll have. All that stress-free free time. Not having to worry about the due dates of your assignments because you've already submitted them all. Honestly it's a really nice thought and hopefully that will motivate you to just get your assignments done.

I hope these study tips were helpful to some of you who have assignments or exams. They'll soon be over and done with.

I'll be back again with another post soon.

See you then.

Megan x