Now, final year. Crunch time. This is the year that REALLY counts. Forget going out 3 times a week and forget bingeing a Netflix series for 8 hours. But don’t get overwhelmed, it’s basically 6-7 months of work, to get a degree which will influence the rest of your life.
So now for the ‘how to’…
- Get up early. Ever heard of the early bird catches the worm? Well, the early student gets the first… Ever find yourself wishing you had more time to study? Well getting up early will give you an extra 3+ hours! Think of all the stuff you could get done.
- Plan. Get a study plan, organise when you’re going to do what, book library rooms or organise meetings. Getting yourself organised is very important for keeping on track. For more advice on how to study better, click here.
- Find a routine. Try to get things done at the same time every day, whether it’s having dinner, doing a yoga routine, waking-up or even going to sleep.
- Use Resources. Typically 1st & 2nd-year students don’t use university resources as much as they should. But in 3rd year, make up for lost time & use it all. Do a workshop on referencing, learning how to collect results, use the online library, have a meeting with a librarian or tutors.
- Keep Healthy. Maintain a balanced diet, do regular exercise, get enough sleep and don’t drink too much.
- Don’t compare. Every final year students’ journey is different, focus on yours and yours only.
- Allow downtime. Even though final year is super important, all work and no play for anyone isn’t healthy. Allow yourself time to relax, unwind and think about something other than Uni.
- Plan a celebration. Completing University & getting your degree is such a huge achievement. Make plans to celebrate afterwards, whether it’s a holiday, a weekend away or even a big party.