Keeping to Deadlines
Adjusting to the workload of university can be tough for many students. For some, this is combined with doing the household chores from living on your own and taking up a job to help pay your bills.
Overall, it can be a challenge to keep up with your coursework. Here are some great tips to help you stick to your deadlines.
Don't wait until the last minute
I think it's fair to say that everyone has done this at some point, a 'last minute rush' to submit your work just before the deadline. The problem with this is that the quality of your work is probably nothing compared to what it could be and it is very stressful. Pacing yourself over a long period will allow you to build on your project over time and for you to study into areas in greater depth, leading to higher grade quality material. So don't wait for that deadline to come around the corner; start as soon as possible!
Use a calendar
I can't begin to describe how useful this has been since starting university, having a calendar makes it easy to know exactly what you are doing and when you are doing it. You should note down your timetable for university and any other work you need to attend (e.g. job shifts). From here, you can fit in timeslots in which to settle down and crack on with your coursework. I would recommend using an online calender that is accessible on a computer and mobile phone to allow you to use it whenever you want. Plus, not only does this help with keeping to deadlines, but you can keep a track on your social life!
Following from the previous tip, scheduling means setting yourself dedicated times in which to do your coursework. Referring to your calendar, you can fit in time slots in which to settle down to do your university projects. It can seem difficult at times to adjust to a working mind-set but the more often you do this, the easier it will become. Also, I would recommend setting to work fairly soon after taking in information from a lecture. This means the information is fresher in your mind and you will also still be in the correct mind-set to continue your work. I find taking 30 minutes off after getting home is a good amount of time to unwind before getting to work.