When you’re a student, every penny, and every second counts. You’re balancing so many different factors, all of them important in different ways. You have competing deadlines for different essays or presentations, things you want to do with your friends (and university is at least as important as a social space as it is for education, whether that’s simply learning how to be friends with people who are from a different background, or forming vital contacts for the rest of your career), and projects with student societies, which may end up pointing you towards a future career more than your studies will! On top of that, many students will need to earn some extra money to help ends meet throughout their studies.
All of these pressures mean that you need to get the most out of every moment while you’re at uni, whether it’s squeezing your budget a bit further, or getting essays written faster. Today we’ve got three of the best tips to help you make the most of every day at University.
Using Your Room
When you’re living in private rented accommodation, your contract the runs the whole year round. You, however, will often head home to your family during holidays, meaning you’re paying rent for whole months when you aren’t actually in the property!
During holidays, many universities hold conferences and events that bring guests flooding in. If you have friends (or friends of friends!) at other universities, your room could be an asset to them in your absence. Have a look for student storage in London to pack away your personal items, and if you can find a willing guest, you might come back after the holidays to a handy bit of extra cash!
When you have a tricky essay to get down to, almost anything else feels like a better way to spend your time. While your computer remains on with a fresh, unsullied Word document on the screen, you will pair all of your socks, scour your kitchen clean and arrange your clothes in colour order before you sit down and actually begin to type.
The key to defeating procrastination is to break intimidating tasks up into manageable chunks. One of the best ways to do this is the Pomodoro Technique – working for 25 minutes and resting for five, then repeating, with a longer break every four ‘Pomodoros’. Knowing you have a break coming up soon helps to focus the mind and working in short chunks stops you being halted in your tracks by the size of the job!
Time For Yourself
University is a demanding experience, and it has a big impact on students’ mental health. To avoid getting overwhelmed, make sure you schedule time to do things you really enjoy, and treat those commitments as you would anything else on your calendar. Whether it’s spending time with friends, or reading for pleasure, try not to let the simply things get lost in the university experience.