Category Archives: Advice

How to get organised: a struggling student’s guide.

Uni is killing me. There’s assignments throwing themselves at me like guys do in a bar (just kidding, I don’t go to bars ;)). It’s so easy to get swept up in the stress and become overwhelmed. 

I’ve realised that I NEED to do something about my organisational skills before I fall back into bad habits. So this is what I’ve done to help me get back into the swing of organisation.

1. BUY A DIARY/PLANNER

This is an obvious yet oh so essential item. Buy a diary or planner and start using it DAILY. Write down everything you have to do. Include homework, assignments and any other necessary information. Make sure you refer back to this to check if you’ve done everything for that day.

2. MAKE A WEEKLY PLANNER 

This, like your diary, should include everything you need to have done that week. Fill in a new one each week and add to it as necessary throughout the week. Put it up somewhere you’ll definitely see it all the time to remind you what to do.

3. ORGANISE YOUR FOLDERS

My folders and books this semester are neatly organised and I even have a reference page at the front of the books of when assignments are due and what they are. Use dividers and plastic pockets and make it look pretty. The more beautiful it is, the more likely you are to keep it up to date.

4. SET ASIDE TIME ONCE A WEEK

Once or twice a week, put aside a few hours to do some assignment work or, in my case, do some writing. My main issue is that I don’t dedicate specific amounts of time to a project and end up doing it the night before (as is the social obligation of the tired and slightly insane uni student). By putting aside, for example, two hours on a Tuesday afternoon purely for study, you’re setting yourself up to be ahead in classes and have assignments complete DAYS before they’re due. I’ve already finished one presentation this way…now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d get to say. 

5. STICK AT IT

My biggest tip is to just stick with it. The more you try to stay organised, the better you’ll get at it. Use your diary and weekly planner, get your books in order and manage your time more effectively and before you know it, you’ll be at the top of the class and stress will be miles away.

Wish me luck in staying organised! I’ll need it…

And let me know if this works for you as well! :mrgreen: xx

What Do You Do When You Lose Interest In Your Course?

Like most uni students right now, I feel like I’ve lost my passion for what I’m studying. I used to love writing and story planning and that kind of thing but lately I’ve been so unmotivated and I feel like I’ve lost all interest in what I’m studying.

It seems to be this time of year that it happens to almost everyone so at least I’m not alone in it. Finishing the semester feels about as likely as me climbing mount everest but I’ve conjured some ways to refresh myself and renew my love of writing.

Here are some ways to help get you through the rest of the semester. 

1. Remind yourself why you’re there. You chose to study your course for a reason. Go back to how you felt at the beginning of your course and think about why you chose this subject.

2. Remember that you’re not alone.
Like I said before, almost everyone has hit a brick wall at the moment. With a flood of assignments pending and the pressure of exams building, we have every right to be a bit stressed.

3. The glass is half full.
Don’t think ‘Oh crap, there’s still x amount of weeks left of the semester.’ Think of it as ‘Oh wow! Only x amount of weeks until I get a well deserved break.’

4. De-stress at home.
The best thing you can do to refresh yourself is to RELAX. And although this might seem impossible now, after spending some time with friends or watching your favourite movie with your boyfriend, it won’t seem so difficult.

5. SLEEP.
I cannot stress this enough. One thing that I’ve noticed is that I haven’t been sleeping very well which has resulted in napping all day on Sundays. Oops. Make sure you get to bed at a certain time and allow enough time for you to get those all important 8 hours of sleep.

6. Write.
This one is mostly for me but can be applied to other courses. Put some time aside every week to do just that. Start off with 1-2 hours then try increasing it until you’re feeling happy about doing it.

I hope this helps any of you who are feeling a bit unmotivated to finish the semester. Just remember that holidays are soon and they will be glorious. Keep that in your mind and before you know it, you’ll be realxing on a beach in Hawaii without a care in the world.

Happy studying! 🙂 x

How To Survive Your First Day of Uni

It’s all happening guys! Uni is just around the corner for all of the Higher Ed students which just so happens to include a lot of my friends. Lucky for me, I started 2 weeks ago so I don’t have to stress about tomorrow. But, for those of you who haven’t started yet and have a lot of anxiety about it, here’s how to survive it.

1. Say hi to people.
Don’t be that awkward person in the corner! Go and talk to someone or make an effort to get to know the people in your course. There’s no point being alone the whole time when you could be making friends.

2. Be yourself.
Don’t start putting on a show for your peers. There’s a reason they’re in that course so try connecting with them over that instead of trying to impress them by being someone else.

3. Use the map.
If they give you a campus map, use that thing. Don’t try to be proud and think that you don’t need it because let me tell you, you will need it. Speaking from experience, keep it with you for a while, just in case.

4. Bring a pen and a book.
You never know what you might need to write down. For me, in my writing course, it’s essential to have something to write on in case inspiration strikes but it can be just as handy for those studying something else as well.

5. Have fun!
Uni is honestly so much fun. Sure, the classes or lectures might be boring but you’re there for a reason so just enjoy it. You never know where your course will take you so make the most of it.

Thanks for reading today guys! If you’re starting uni tomorrow then I wish you the very best of luck!

How To: Move Through A Breakup.

1. Cry.
The first thing you want/need to do is cry or grieve for your relationship, and that’s perfectly fine. It doesn’t matter how long your relationship was, you have every right to be sad about it ending, even if you were the one who instigated the break up.

2. Talk about it.
The worst thing you can do is bottle it up. Find someone you trust and just vent. Try not to be unreasonable about your ex boyfriend or girlfriend but at the same time you need to get your sadness/anger out.

3. Have time away.
Although the only thing you might want to do is talk to your ex, the best thing to do is give each other space to think and start healing. Don’t completely ignore them if you can help it but try not to depend on them.

4. Talk to them.
You need to have a conversation about why the relationship ended and how you both feel about it. While having this conversation, it’s good to express your feelings but try not to apply blame to the situation. Be rational and reasonable and hold a mature conversation with them.

5. Be friends.
Obviously this isn’t going to work straight away. You need time to get over it. Work slowly towards being friends again. However, if they decide to move on to someone else before you have moved past the break up, don’t feel bad if you need to shut them out of your life for a while. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable and sad everytime you see your ex. If they have a problem with this then calmly explain to them that it’s not good for you to watch them be together. After some time you’ll be able to be friends again.

Break ups are difficult and this is just my opinion on how to get through a break up. Everyone is different. But i think that talking about it is the best way to move through it and with some luck you’ll still be able to be friends with your ex boyfriend/girlfriend.

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Ten Top Tips For A Tip Top Year!

Hello everyone! Today’s post is all about how to enjoy your year and do something memorable. It’s all about learning to experience and experiment with your life to make your year the best yet.

1. Try something new.
Whether it be a new food, a new style of clothing or skydiving, give it a go! You never know if you’ll like it if you don’t try it! It’s in our human nature to be curious, so explore our magnificent world and discover something new about yourself in the process.

2. Fall in love.
This doesn’t necessarily mean with a person (although that would be great), but it can just mean find something you love. Maybe you love sewing or reading or even knitting, just find something you love and do it!

3. Travel.
Take a few day trips to a cute little town or go for a weekend to a big city, whichever floats your boat. Just get out there and see new places and meet new people. You never know what opportunities might arise!

4. Treat yourself.
Every now and then I love to buy myself something nice (usually from Kmart, my one true love). It’s just nice to reward yourself sometimes and make use of that money you’re earning and buy something that will make you happy for a while.

5. De-stress.
DON’T STRESS! Go online and look up some meditation exercises or get involved with yoga to help your mind and body let go of any stress, particularly if you’re in a tough year at school like me or have a high maintenance job.

6. Exercise.
Lately I’ve been going for runs and walks with my dogs and I’ve found it so exhilarating. It boosts your metabolism and your cardio system and also helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It’s a win win.

7. Make time for friends.
I always love spending time with my friends, especially my best friend and my boyfriend. It always relaxes me and helps me unwind before or after a SAC at school or something personal that’s been going on. Spending time with your friends can also help to reduce anxiety and depression significantly.

8. Balance between activities.
Make sure you don’t overdo it. There is a fine balance between school, work, homework, hobbies and tv (my favourite) so make sure you find that balance for you so that you don’t exhaust yourself. I’ve had to cut back at work because I  almost ran myself into the ground (hence the not posting for so long) and I was utterly exhausted.

9. Set realistic goals for the year ahead.
This isn’t like a new year’s thing but more of a set of goals that you’d like to achieve. For example, one of my goals is to read the Heroes of Olympus book series by the end of the year. Another goal of mine is to be able to jog for 10 minutes straight. These goals don’t have to be hard ones, they can be as simple as wanting to read a book series.

10. Have fun.
Most importantly, have fun with your year. Do things that make you happy and ignore the things that don’t. Block out the people who ruin your day and focus on those who make it brighter. Go out for dinner or watch a funny movie, just do something fun.

I hope you guys have a fabulous year and let me know of any goals you set or any new things you try!

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