Starting university can be very scary - especially for those who have moved away from home, but just as much so for people who live in the town/city of their university.
No amount of stories from your friends and family can prepare you for university. There will be both highs and lows, maybe even a few (or a lot) of tears, but it will be worth it in the end! Here are a few of my top tips to help you through your time as a student!
Do not procrastinate
Procrastination. As easy as it is, do not do it! You will definitely thank yourself in the long run.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself
Sometimes we are way too hard on ourselves, but try not to put too much pressure on yourself. As long as you try your best, that is all you can do. If you don't get the grade you wanted, take a moment to look back over it and look at the feedback you received and use that as a guideline for how you could go about getting a better grade next time!
Sign up to student discounts
Who doesn't love a discount?! Sign up to UNiDAYS, StudentBeans, get an NUS extra card, and you can use your student ID card to get discounts also!
Plan, plan, plan
Keep a note of all of your deadlines and plan when you are going to work on them and when you are going to complete them by.
Reference as you go
Reference as you go to make sure that you don't forget to add them to your reference list! RefWorks is a great website which allows you to save references to your account and it helps you cite them properly also!
Buy second-hand books
Buying your books second-hand will save you A LOT of money. Have a search on Facebook (as students will be looking to sell their books), eBay, Amazon, Fatbrain, there are so many sites you can buy second-hand academic books from!
Preparing your lunch the night before will save you so much money and being a student, I'm sure you will want to save as much as you can. Take a look at my recipes for quick and easy meals.
Time goes very quick!
When you are a fresher, three years of university seems like a long time - but it will fly by. Before you know it you will be graduated and officially an ADULT *gasps*.
Hopefully, these top tips will be very useful to you throughout your time at university. If you have any further tips, we would love to hear them - comment below!