How to find study-life balancePosted on 28/02/2017 by Jess O'Connor
Full-time study can get a little hectic at times. Between classes, assignments, homework, famil trips, and work experience, there’s not a lot of room for much else. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love.
Instead, you need to find study-life balance.
We’ve all heard of work-life balance, and study-life balance is not much different. It’s about making time to enjoy life outside of study, without compromising your grades.
Here are some tips for creating study-life balance so you can still spend time with friends, family and your favourite TV shows.
Stay up-to-date with your coursework
If you’re up-to-date, you’ll be able to enjoy your downtime without worrying about catching up on assignments. Do your best to stay on top of your workload – it’s so worth it!
Don’t skip class
You might think that skipping class will give you more time to relax… but it’s impossible to relax when you’re feeling guilty for not being there – and when we’re on your case about attendance! Turn up to class every day so you don’t fall behind.
Use a study schedule
At the beginning of every week, allocate enough time for coming to class, studying at College and at home, sleep, and work (if you have a part-time job). You should have a little bit of free time left over, perhaps on the weekends or in the evening. That’s your “me” time. Just remember – you can only enjoy your “me” time if you don’t skip your study sessions.
Ask your tutors for study tips
Finding it hard to stay on track? Ask your tutors for ideas. They are full of tips and tricks to help you study smarter. Plus, they really want to see you succeed. You can count on them to encourage you every step of the way.
Treat yourself once a week
At the end of every week, give yourself a small reward for your efforts. This might be going to the movies with friends or taking the night off to hang out with family. Having a small treat to look forward to every week will motivate you to study. Of course, if you’re not up-to-date, then no treat!
Take short study breaks
Studying for eight hours on end without any breaks won’t do any good for your brain. Take regular “mini” breaks of about 10-15 minutes to refresh your mind. Go for a walk around the block, text a friend, or grab a bite to eat. You’ll come back to your notes feeling recharged and ready to learn.
Remember: study isn’t forever
Even the most organised people in the world need to make some sacrifices when they study. For example, they might give up watching TV during the week or stop going to parties on Saturday nights. It might feel hard at the time, but all of those fun things will be waiting for you when you graduate! Focus now so you can reap the rewards in the future when you get the job of your dreams.
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