A new year, a new start. Time to break bad habits and replace them with new ones that will help you get the grades you need this year. If you’re struggling for ideas, here are a few to get you started:
- Start your essays earlier
During your time at university you might, like many other students, learn that you are capable of busting out an essay in a single night and getting an alright grade for it. If this has become a habit, then 2015 is the time to break it. Sure it makes a good story, but what are you getting from the experience beyond that? Start reading as soon as you get the titles and your level of engagement, your knowledge retention and maybe even your grades will improve.
- Finish your essays earlier.
Give yourself that extra day to proofread. If possible, leave the essay to one side for a few days and come back to it. It’s amazing how many little errors you didn’t notice the first time around.
- Incorporate Exercise into your Study Timetable
This doesn’t have to be a Rocky-style fitness regime. Even taking a 30 minute walk between study sessions can make the world of difference to how effectively you work. It may seem like you just don’t have the time when you’re bogged down with the books, but taking exercise will actually increase your energy levels, enhance your concentration and allow you to study longer.
- Do something that will impress a future employer
It doesn’t matter what. But the competition for jobs once you leave university is as strong as it’s ever been, and employers are looking for more than just good grades. They want candidates to show initiative and drive. Volunteer, start a society, apply for an internship… it’s up to you. Ideally choose something you will enjoy as well. If you’re not sure what to do, the Swansea Employability Award is a great place to start.
- Ask for Help
During your time at university you are surrounded by people who want you to do well and have the knowledge and capabilities to help you do it. Make sure you use them! Don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help, even if you don’t think you need it. Whether it’s discussing a point with your tutor, asking a peer to read through your draft or even contacting an industry expert for advice, asking for help is a great habit to get into. You may be surprised at how useful it becomes.
Don’t forget that ASP are also here to offer you confidential and impartial advice on all aspects of your studies, whenever you might need it.
Keep an eye on this blog for our post on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions!