As Shia once said as he yelled into his cupped hand: “JUST. DO IT!”
While this is great advice for anyone who wants to achieve absolutely anything, we’ve got some tips that are a little more practical for you as a La Trobe student.
1. Remind yourself why you’re doing this
What’s your end-game? Is it to knock another semester off your study? Is it to graduate? Is it to acquire the skills you need to begin your dream career path? Whatever your goal is, use it to drive you.
2. Talk to your classmates
You’re in this together! Chances are they’re experiencing similar dilemmas to the ones you’re facing. It can be reassuring to know someone else also found that particular topic difficult to digest and talking it through together can help both of you pick up on things you might not have noticed before. Chat after class or grab a quick coffee to discuss.
We’re all in the same boat and you’re not alone.”Lyla, La Trobe Albury-Wodonga student
3. Block out time to study
Time-blocking can be your best friend when it comes to getting your study, revision or assignments done. The key? Don’t make your time blocks run for 15 hours straight. Nobody can stay motivated and focused for that long. Not even Shia. Need a little more help on mapping out your study schedule? Chat to a Peer Learning Adviser at your campus – they’ve got plenty of strategies up their sleeves.
4. Stick to your plan
First up, you need to make a realistic plan. Use the La Trobe Assessment Planner – it’ll tailor a study plan for your individual subject and calculate timeframes for each remaining task based on how much time you have left until it’s due. Simply enter your assessment start date, due date and subject code. Click ‘Calculate’ and it’ll do the rest.
I love the Assessment Planner because it means I have little due dates, and the mammoth task all of a sudden feels so achievable.”Mel Holland, La Trobe SHE College student
5. Seek out help if you need it
Hit a wall with your study? Head to the Learning Hub at your campus and speak with a Peer Learning Adviser or Librarian face-to-face. If it’s 11 p.m. and you’re at home on your swivel chair in front of your computer absolutely stumped, log on to Studiosity’s live chat and speak with a study expert.
If you need a sounding board, remember you’ve always got access to free counselling as a student – they’re there to talk about anything and everything.
6. Strike a balance
If you need to put big nights out in your social life on hold for a few weeks, now is the time to do it. Try not to isolate yourself and keep in touch with friends. Instead of big nights out, try coffee catch ups during study breaks. Sharing meals with friends is a great way to fit in a little socialising too – after all, you’ve got to eat, right?
I let my family know that the next few weeks are going to be busy and let them know the date of my final exam. It really helps.”Nihit, La Trobe Bundoora student
7. Keep moving
Exercise doesn’t have to mean an intense hour long weights class in the gym. It can be as simple as going for a walk. Exercise is know to reduce stress, build the immune system, release endorphins and, ultimately, is a great way to improve our physical and mental health.
8. Take time to reset
Self-care is a bit of a buzzword right now, but there’s merit behind taking care of yourself in order to do your best. Schedule in a little ‘me time’ between each study sesh. Create boundaries for your breaks to keep you on track. Make yourself a cup of tea, watch your favourite TV show, read a book, have a bath, have a nap! Almost nobody can study for hours on end – recharge your batteries with a study break and then get ready to go again.
9. Get enough sleep
Sleep helps the brain function properly – without it, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems and staying motivated.
I think one thing that’s really important that a lot of us students tend to forget is actually sleep. If you were to stay up really late finishing an assignment, you’re actually really putting yourself behind the rest of your cohort. If you’re really fatigued, it will catch up with you. It’s so important to get all the sleep that you can.”Emily, Peer Learning Adviser
10. Do what works for you
Do you have a few organisation tricks up your sleeve from previous years you could roll-out once more? For you, it might be all about getting your morning routine right to kick off the day with the best mindset. It could be meal prepping and getting a few chores done so you feel free to dive into your studies. Or it could be cleaning your study space so you feel fresh and ready to take on your next task. Different strategies work for different people, so do what works best for you.
Or as Shia would say…