Starting – or returning to – university is most definitely an exciting time for any student, but it can understandably also be a little daunting. In order to combat some of the anxiety that can arise at this time, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the work that lies ahead. Of course, preparation means different things to different people, so we’ve compiled some of the most effective ways to get yourself into a study frame of mind, before you actually hit the books.
By making sure you have everything ready for the semester ahead. Make a list of everything you need and ensure you tick everything off – include everything from pens and notepads, to course reading material and your laptop. The simple act of ticking things off a list will fill you with a sense of achievement before you’ve even kicked off your course!
Most universities, whether online or on‐campus, will have some sort of social media community that you can join to meet and interact with other students. Making a few friends before you start is the perfect way to eliminate, or at least minimise, any social anxiety you may be feeling.
When your brain and body are working in harmony, you’re bound to get better results. This means stocking up on healthy ‘brain foods’, and ensuring you get enough sleep and exercise. Check out our Student’s Guide to Healthy Eating for some brain‐powering tips, and our Quick & Easy Recipes for the Freezer for some simple meals to keep you focused for longer.
It’s likely that you’ll receive a course outline and some initial topics for reading prior to your course commencement, so why not get a head start? Having an idea of what’s coming up is a great way to alleviate stress and help you manage your workload going forward.
Get the mindset:
Whatever you can do to put yourself in a positive frame of mind before you start studying is worth doing. This can be any activity that makes you feel good! Try yoga, meditation, listening to music, reading, sports, cooking – really, whatever works for you! If you start the semester feeling happy, you’re more likely to end it that way as well.
This post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.
Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and grammar pest.