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Study abroad : Once you arrive

How to manage your course load better this semester

Want to know how to cope with your homework AND projects better? We outline four mistakes that most students make.

College or university is a life-changing experience, you’re on your own for the very first time, you’ll be managing your own finances and time. If you’re working part-time, then you’ll be juggling that too. It’s even tougher for those of you on a sports scholarship, your peers will be out partying while you’re stuck at home frantically catching up on the weeks’ work because you had club practice. So it’s important for you to have a good time management system that works, just for you.


We highlight the four most common reasons why study systems fail.


1. The system is not sustainable

You forget to take into account all the variables and different activities that you have- club/society events, work, coursework, project group meet-ups etc. So don’t schedule the first two hours after class to do your reports or assignments if you have work right after that. Create a general outline before tweaking it for each day to accommodate the different activities that you have.


2. They haven’t factored in surges of work

Even when you have all the deadlines recorded on your calendar, sometimes there will be additional stuff will crop up, this project deadline got pushed back due to new requirements etc. The best way to address this would be to do your long-term projects or anything that is not due immediately during your downtime (when there’s little to no work), so that you won’t be dying and losing sleep because everything seems to be due on the same day.


3. They cannot return to their system after getting off track

Most people don’t make an effort to go back to their study system once they’re behind schedule. You have a study system for a reason- to ensure that you manage your time well to avoid any last minute cramming sessions. It’s important that you find a way to make up for the studying that you didn’t get to do so that your grades won’t suffer.


4. They obsess about the system

You have a tendency to overthink things and worry if the system that you came up with is perfect. Being overly preoccupied over your schedule will the defeat the purpose of having it in the first place- to reduce stress. We suggest trying out softwares such as Gradefix to help get your started.


Happy studying!


Useful links

10 universities you can study abroad in English

How to find accommodation for your year abroad

Why you should apply for a dual study-intern programme

Differences between scholarships, bursaries & grants explained

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