We can all agree that, once you’ve taken a break from studying to enter the working life, it is difficult to go back to being a student. Difficult, but not impossible. If you are thinking of starting a course, after a long break, here’s a few tips you might take advantage of…We often judge other people’s lives by how they look on the surface, how glossy is their Instagram profile and how many selfies they take in a day. We also tend to classify people depending on their course of study, what school they opted for and how long it took them to finally graduate. We often forget that, of all factors, timing is possibly the most important in life. Not everyone is ready to do the same things at the same time. Some people decide to start university right after high school, while some people prefer to take a gap-year, start a new job or travel the world.
Be patient. With yourself and others.
Do better today than you did yesterday. Be confident that you will succeed in everything you set your mind to do, but don’t push yourself to do anything you are not ready to do. Returning to study after a break can be challenging and exhausting. Don’t let other people’s judgments and opinions get to you. Some will criticise you. Some will approve your choice. No matter what, do what your heart tells you to do.
Plan your day and week
Get used to organising and prioritising your tasks, choose the most essential things you need to do and leave very little time to procrastination. Learn to schedule and make to-do lists. This is extremely important when it comes to creating your study plan and routine. Use a planner or online calendar like Outlook or Google Calendar – they will make your life a lot easier. If you are well-organised, getting back into the studying mindset will be a lot more fun, too.
Waking up early in the morning might make you feel tired at the beginning, but it will pay off in the long-run. Begin your study routine a little earlier and by midday, it will feel like you are ahead of the studying game. Everything you used to do at 10, bring it an hour forward. Don’t sleep till late, wake up at 9 and start your day with a nice and healthy breakfast. Your body and mind will thank you later.
Ask for help
Don’t feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders. If you think you are dealing with too many things and the same time and your workload is too much, don’t be afraid to take a step back and ask for help, if you need it. People have no idea what you are going through until you inform them about it. Once you let them know what you need, it’ll be a lot easier for them to help you. And your study adventure will feel a lot easier.
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