Getting ready for university can be a stressful experience.
However, if you prepare in the right way, the whole experience will be much easier.
Here are seven essential tips for anyone preparing to go to university.
Do Some Revision
Before you head off to university, you have the perfect opportunity to brush up on the skills and knowledge you have that are relevant to your degree. Some students find that getting some revision and studying in early makes things much easier. If you are able to stay ahead of your studies throughout your university education, you will have a much easier time. Although this will obviously eat into what precious free time you have.
There is a multitude of resources out there allowing you to study and learn from home. A great example of someone who can help you out is the tutors from Superprof, who offer courses in any university subject you could possibly want. There are also many different revision websites out there which are aimed at specific levels of education. These will offer resources from primary education, right up to university level.
Brush Up on Your Cooking Skills
For many students, university is going to be the first time that they spend an extended period away from home. This inevitably involves a variety of new challenges and experiences. Among these is the need to prepare your own meals.
It can be tempting, especially if you are living on the typical student budget, to buy pre-made meals and kebabs every day. Taking this approach will not only be bad for your health; it will be downright awful for your bank account! Buying meals this way is very inefficient. Usually, you are only getting a single meal each time. On the other hand, buying ingredients and cooking yourself will allow you to spend less money and make multiple meals.
One of the most common reasons that so many students head off to university without having learned how to cook is that they assume it will be too hard to do so. In fact, cooking is much easier than many people realize. You don’t need to be able to prepare anything overly complex, although the more you can cook, the more popular you will be with your fellow students.
Before you head off to university, invest in a good student cookbook, and practice some basic recipes. You will find that once you have a few basics down, everything becomes a lot easier. Before long, you will develop an understanding of how to prepare individual ingredients, as well as the confidence to begin mixing and matching ingredients together yourself.
Join an Orientation Program
This is an especially important tip for international students. If you are heading to university in another country, an orientation program can help you to settle in. They aren’t only useful for gaining a knowledge of the university you will be attending and the surrounding area. They can also be a valuable means of easing yourself into a culture and environment that is very different to the one that you grew up in.
Even if you aren’t heading overseas for your university education, it is still worth looking into what orientation programs are available at your university. These orientation programs can get you acquainted with the areas where you will be spending most of your time at university, but they can also help you to begin to get acquainted with the people. Having a social life at university will help you a great deal in keeping stress at bay and, more importantly, will give you people to turn to when studies get tough.
Start Budgeting Early
Owing to rising tuition fees, as well as an increase in general living costs, students today are having to be more careful with their money than ever before. Managing money is another skill that many students won’t have had much cause to use while they are living at home, yet it is of paramount importance when managing your student lifestyle.
Learning to budget and spend responsibly is a lot easier than many people realize. The key to more responsible spending lies in self-control and motivation. If you aren’t able to make and sustain some simple lifestyle changes, you will find it difficult to bring your spending under control. Similarly, if the budget you set yourself is unrealistic, and you expect too much of yourself, you will quickly become disheartened by the entire process.
By starting to practice your budgeting skills early, you will develop good habits for both formulating, and sticking to, a well-thought-out budget. Learning to budget won’t just be helpful at university either. It will be a valuable skill in your family life, and possibly your professional life as well. If you don’t know where to begin with your budgeting, check out this handy guide for budgeting beginners.
Organize Your Organization
Staying organized at university is the only way to survive. Those who aren’t good at organizing themselves will want to take steps to improve this. You don’t have to undergo a complete personality transformation. If you aren’t the kind of person to whom organization comes naturally, you might have to take the steps you can while accepting your limitations.
The key to remaining organized is not for your organization to meet some other standard or to match that of your friends and peers. All that matters is that you are able to make use of your system. As long as everything is organized in such a way that you can quickly and easily access what you need when you need it, it will work.
Like budgeting, there aren’t any shortcuts to better organizational skills. The fastest way to a more organized lifestyle is through consistent practice. Start by setting yourself some small and simple saving goals, things that you know you can easily achieve.
Get Used to Reading the Right Way
If you’re going to university and making your way through this article, chances are you know how to read. However, reading for pleasure is different to reading for studying purposes. When you are reading for pleasure, you want to take in the text in front of you, but you remain focused on what you are currently reading, allowing the words you read to form images in your own mind.
On the other hand, when you are reading a text for the purposes of study, you want to make sure that you are taking in everything and retaining it. This is why, when we want to remember the things we study, it helps to make notes and write down what we have learned. When you are reading a text for the purposes of study, it is often prudent to read it through a number of times in order to ensure that you are taking in all the information properly.
Write a Checklist
There’s nothing worse than realizing that you’ve made it all the way to university without some essentials that you meant to pack. The simplest way of ensuring that you remember to take everything with you, but you need is to write a checklist beforehand. You can then tick off items as you pack them, making it easy to ensure that you have everything you need.
Don’t do your checklist at the last minute. Start writing it at least a week before you actually pack. This will give you plenty of time to remember any important items you might have neglected to include the first time.
Going to university is a rite of passage for many people. It should be a rewarding and worthwhile time, but it can also be a time of great pressure and concern. Preparing for the adventure before you leave will make things much easier.
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