Going into Higher Education is quite a big leap for many. There’s many things to think about and consider such as what course you want to take, where to study and of course, connecting with a new group of people. Which is why we have written a quick little blog post on Top Tips for Higher Education.
Plan around your Timetable
We suggest planning around your University Timetable, for example, any coursework or revision that needs to be done, try to get it done before or after your lessons. Also, we know how important a work/life balance is, so try to schedule some time away from all thing study, whether that be planning time with your family or friends. What’s most important is taking time for yourself, you have to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally – put some time away to do things you truly enjoy. It’s quite a lot to fit in, which is why it’s best to plan around the bulk of your time which is your university timetable.
Keep a Budget
Keeping and sticking to a budget is very important when embarking on a higher education journey. One of the easiest ways to keep on top of your spending is to sign up to an app. There are great apps for both Androids and iPhone’s such as:
- You Need a Budget
- Personal Capital
It might mean making some adjustments like boosting your income or reducing your spending (ask for a student discount everywhere, you’ll be surprised at the sort of places that offer it as they don’t always advertise) but it means you can live comfortably
One of the key things students look to do when starting their course is making friends, and broadening their network. It’s great to make friends with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds to help you learn and explore. However, it’s worth taking time to find friends, ones that are trustworthy and can help in your time of need.
One of the best ways to create new friendship groups is by joining activities and societies, get a job, strike up a conversation with someone at the gym – you’ll make so many friends throughout the year in the oddest of places. However, if you’re a little shy in person, there’s no harm in Social Media to connect with those in the same course as you. You might be lucky enough to find a Facebook group of people on the exact same course as you, or simply use the search functions on sites like Twitter to see if anyone else is sharing their excitement of starting university in the same location as you. Alternatively, find the social networks for student societies you’re interested in, and join the conversation.
Ask for help if you need it
If you find yourself struggling with certain aspects of your higher education journey, there’s no harm in asking for help, you’ll be surprised at how many people you will find to help you. Or there are endless resources that are also online to help you along the way. If you’re struggling to keep up with coursework, speak to your tutors. If you don’t speak up about this stuff, the situation will only get worse as more deadlines pile up.
Likewise, if your stress stems from financial issues, it’s really important for you to reach out and get some help. Asking for some financial support can be a tough situation for some, but it’s also worth remembering that your place of study is likely to a have Student Finance team, so reach out to them if you find yourself struggling.
Be true to yourself and have fun!
And lastly, the most important thing is to be true to yourself. Don’t be pressured into doing things you don’t want to and always stick to what’s right and what you believe in. Also, higher education is about having fun, making friends and just enjoying the journey!