Education can be a bit of a whirlwind: from classes to nights out with pals, part-time work and spending time with family, you might feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Here, Source picks out our top tips for managing your busy schedule.
Smartphone apps go beyond Candy Crush Saga and Instagram – they can be a great help when it comes to organising your time. Wunderlist is one of our favourites. Free on Android and iPhone, it’s an organiser which allows you to categorise your to-dos (like books to read, food to buy) and tick them off when they’re done. Even better, once you’ve installed the app, your data syncs across all your devices.
Get a head start on studying with Evernote (free on Google Play and the App Store). It’s one of the best apps out there for improving productivity: not only can you take notes, you can also share files, take photos of tutorial handouts and record voice memos. Plus, it allows you to create different ‘notebooks’ for contrasting subjects. There’s no excuse now for being unorganised… Thanks, technology.
So you’ve got all your lecture info saved to Evernote – now what? The StudyBlue app (free on Android and iPhone) allows you to create on-screen flashcards which you can then use to quiz yourself on vocabulary, equations or images. Say hello to top marks in all your mid-term assessments.
Become a gym bunny
There’s no better way to rid yourself of stress or hyperactivity than hitting the gym – getting rid of all that tension will make you more productive. Universities and colleges offer such a massive range of sports clubs that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try out volleyball, rowing, basketball or even martial arts or mountaineering. You’re guaranteed that you’ll find something you love – and pretty much instant friends when you sign up to a society. If you’re not at uni or college just yet, check out what’s on in your local authority – most council-run gyms offer great discounts for young people.
If you’re in your first year at college or university, as term goes on, you may find yourself spending more time socialising and studying than thinking about your old school friends and extended family. But it’s important to dedicate the odd weekend to going home (if you can) to catch up with parents, siblings and mates. Don’t forget to thank your family for their support and funding – you never know, you might get your favourite dinner made for you… fingers crossed, anyway.
Spruce up your CV
Although you’ll feel swamped with reading and assignments, find time to squeeze a few more CV boosters into your weekly schedule. Sadly, top grades or a a good degree from uni or college doesn’t always guarantee you a job when you leave education. Being proactive and securing work experience, a part-time job or volunteering will work wonders when you enter the world of work. Your campus will probably offer careers workshops and email reminders when new opportunities arrive, or if you live at home, you could try and secure a weekend job nearby.