For a lot of students, there’s a bit of a commute to university, whether you travel from Colchester, Woodbridge or beyond. There are a few ways that you can use your commute, even if you’re driving, to make the most out of your day and even do some study.
If you’re driving, of course it’s really important to keep your eyes on the road and concentrate on that. But you might want to think about changing your Spotify playlist for some recordings of your lecture notes. It gives you an extra bit of time to reinforce what you’ve learnt and help you with some of your assignments.
I like to think about wellbeing and how it can always be improved. If you find that you’re driving in everyday, think about if you can change that to using a bike. You’ll get a good workout everyday, start off in the right way, and also save money on car parking! You’ll notice a great change in your mood and overall wellbeing.
Taking the train or bus gives you much more opportunity to study. You can use the time to do some pre-reading or write up some notes. It’s great to be able to use that time to get a few things out of the way, like preparation for the next day. It means that when you get home, you can properly relax for a bit after a long day. If you commute with friends or course mates, make some quizzes on things you’ve been studying and use the time to test each other’s knowledge.
Sometimes you might have had a really long or difficult day at uni, and the last thing you want to do is pre-reading or start a new assignment. Get a mindfulness app and do some meditation or listen to some relaxing music. Start a reading challenge and get a new hobby going. You don’t always want to be working on your uni work so sometimes it’s good to have something to refresh your mind.
On the way to uni, it’s good to mentally get ready for the day. Think about what you need to do, how you need to prepare and what you want to achieve. On the way home, it’s also good to take some time to reflect on the day; what went well, what might you need to do differently? It’s a great way to grow as a student and make changes to become more independent in your learning.
If you use your commute in the right way, you can become a much more successful student. Although it might be tempting to binge watch your favourite show the whole time, you’ll find that extra hour or so will go a long way to improving your results.