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One thing that is inevitable upon returning to college is that you will have either projects and assignments or exams. Or both! In my case it’s continuous projects and assignments with no exams. That does mean that there is continuous work that must be done outside of your lectures. As someone who tends to get his train at Procrastination Station here are some tips to insure you are not pulling an all-nighter to get an assignment completed last minute with 5 litres of Monster and Red Bull to hand.
OK that may sound obvious but if you are like me you may think that due date is so far away that you can leave it until the week the assignment is due. Well don’t! Lay down the roots of your assignment early.
Pen & Paper
What I found that helped when I got my first assignment was to carry the brief and a small notepad around with me. If I am on the train or stop somewhere for coffee or lunch I would have a glance over the brief and write down my thoughts. Then when you get to your laptop later you have all these little nuggets that have built up over time.
Lecture & Lecturers
Don’t skip lectures. Don’t be late. Be a little early and chat to your classmates about your assignment. Helpful tips will come from your peers! Ask questions in class and listen. Your lecturers are there to help you and you are there to learn. Don’t be afraid to put your hand up and ask something that may help you succeed in your assignment! Also, sit closer to the front of class. Lecturers don’t bite. Well mine don’t anyway. I find I get more easily distracted sitting at the back.
Assignments are hard enough when it’s just you. But throw a couple more people into the mix and things really start to get interesting! No one is the same so you need to be aware of how other members of your group work and respect those differences you may have. Constant communication over WhatsApp will make things a lot easier and less confusing and try to meet in person as much as possible.
Healthy Body Health Mind
As mentioned in my previous blog entry, eating healthily will help you succeed. If you eat the right foods it will help your concentration, you will feel better in yourself and you won’t be inclined to feel so sluggish.