Education is one of the most important things in life, so if you’ve decided that you’d like to return to higher education, or you’re planning on getting your first degree, here are some tips for you to master the university life.
1. Get Tech Savvy
There are many ways you can study these days, whether it be on campus or online. Either way, it’s imperative that you know how to use updated technology. Not only do a lot of lectures get shared online, but you will often have assignments due online, as well as having to complete team assignments online. Whether you’re 25 or 75, technology can be a bit confusing, so make sure you’re up and ready to go with all the software you need before you begin your studies. If things get too confusing, you can (more often than not) head to the university campus and get some IT professionals to help you out.
2. Don’t be Afraid To Ask Questions
One thing people often find confronting is asking questions. Not necessarily in the lecture theatre, but when it comes to directions, tech, and asking for help from other students. Asking questions is a great way to learn, but often people are too scared to take the leap. More often than not, people are happy to answer any questions you have, whether they be about technology or even where the best cafe on campus is. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
3. Get Organised
Whether you work full time, you’re a stay at home parent or you’re taking some times to study full time, it’s important to keep yourself organised. If you’re working full time, it could be a good idea to study online. On average, you’d need twelve hours of study per week, and when you study online, you can cater the study to your personal schedule, instead of finding time to work your way around the one they give you. Another great reason to study online is that you can get your degree at home. You can sit on your bed, or even the bar stool in your kitchen, and still master your coursework! Flexible and approachable, this way of obtaining your degree is a great one.
4. Take Care of Yourself
University can hit you like a tonne of bricks. What with the sudden workload, stress from finding time to study, pressure to do well and not to mention having to continue to work on your social life and career, it can be easy to feel the stress. It’s really important to sometimes take a step back and relax. Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it often gets overlooked. Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. A spokesperson from Central College Online offers their advice for taking care of yourself. “Sleeping well and maintaining regular physical exercise are both important but choosing specific foods in your diet can also improve your memory. Dark berries like blackberries and blueberries can also be helpful for improving your memory and eating walnuts has even been shown to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.” Find out more about Central College Online by following them on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re finding you have trouble sleeping, a great way to overcome this is by getting a mattress topper. They add extra support to your spine, realline the way you sleep and offer extra comfort. Taking care of yourself is incredibly important, and you don’t want to burn yourself out before you start your university adventure.
5. Enjoy The Experience
University is so fun, and you should be enjoying every second of it. Sure, at the time it may seem like a pain in the butt, and you have to make sure that cherish every minute, because as soon as it’s over, you’ll wish you were back there, doing it all over again.
Uni is a great place. You learn, you laugh and you earn the best memories. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 75, everyone can learn something new, and if you’re thinking about going back to uni, don’t hesitate. Just go!