Finding Studying a Struggle?

16th January 2014 Chris Clark Study


New place getting you down? Found it hard fitting in? All your deadlines coming in at once? Are you finding studying a struggle?

University can be a daunting and hard process to go through, especially if you’re new in town. It’s hard to know where to go, what suits you, who to spend time with and then on top of it all, you’ve got to knuckle down and work at a higher level than you’ve ever done before.

There are some solid ways of managing your workload, your time and yourself that can help you just about anything, and serve as a much healthier alternative than buying questionably sourced Ritalin and cramming for 24 hours straight.

We’re not the concentration bible, but these few tips will definitely help ease some of the study strain and ensure some results.

Time management is boring but necessary

Time management is a phrase that’s regularly thrown around and it makes me feel sad every time, yet knowing when to play FIFA and when to research Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Principle of Political Right- my go-to essay title- makes the difference between a close pass and a massive well done good for you pass.

How can your time be managed, you ask? There are a number of ways, but my favourite one is a list, so I intend to tell you the different ways via a list:

  • Write a list: to do lists with little tickable boxes are the best ever.
  • Use a diary
  • Use your phone: if you haven’t tried this yet, why not?
  • Turn your wall into a massive calendar
  • Have unsurpassed logic so you can remember everything and never have to result to an exterior tool to manage your time.

The latter is the most difficult.

Read more about time management techniques for students

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Don’t make your calendar cast in stone

One of the most interesting points from the previous link is that your time management should always be fluid and subject to change. There are always going to be unseen setbacks, surprise assignments- especially if you haven’t managed your time before- and stuff you simply can’t avoid. For that reason you should never commit to too much before you’ve done it, and leaves enough time for things to go wrong.

Things NOT to do when you’re struggling

When you’re struggling to keep up with your studying, there are three ways to go about what happens next. You can do something positive about it, do something negative about it, or carry on and pretend nothing bad is happening at all.

I’d go for the first or the last option. Obviously doing something positive is going to be the most…positive option and the one you should always strive for, but some people can get away with obliviously carrying on with their slowly-failing academic career and still come out with an alright result.

The worst option is to panic/flap/melt- or whatever verbs you can think of-about it, inevitably making everything worse. If you feel that you may soon be in a panic, revert to the first option and plan the time you have available. If you do everything humanly possible to make sure you get stuff done when you want it to be, you’re going to make the best of any situation, no matter how last minute.

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

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