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How to Prepare Yourself For Coming Back to the University

The start of the spring semester is just around the corner, and the studying anxiety is, too. Winter break has melted our brain a little bit, so it takes some energy and dedication to come back to the working mode. Don’t worry, though, we got your back with some useful tips on how to get your head in the game after weeks of sleeping in and doing sweet nothing.

1. Create a Plan

Don’t just throw yourself into the abyss. To come back to work as easy as possible, do it step by step. More than that, try to think through and figure out from where you should start. At the beginning of the semester, everybody tries to take it easy, so be sure that you will be surrounded by people who are building a plan for themselves as well.

2. Environment Is Important

Creating the right space for studying is one of the most beneficial things to do, especially at the start of it all. Make sure you know your studying habits and what works for you, and dance from there. If you like studying at home, try setting up a designated area for it, and keep it clean and organized. Some people prefer studying from cafes and workspaces, which also can be really fun, and is an adventure to find the right spot in the city. Either way, pay special attention to your studying environment – sometimes the whole mood depends on it.

3. Get Familiar With Your Classes

It sounds boring, but actually reading through the syllabuses of your classes helps a lot to get organized. You can briefly assess the future study load, and get familiar with the semester’s context in general, which is always a good idea. At the very least, you will come into classes somewhat prepared for whatever future holds. And it takes just a couple of minutes to read them, really.

4. Make Sure to Get Enough Sleep, Still

Yes, the school will start soon, but it doesn’t mean that you should forget about getting good sleep. Even though it can be hard to maintain sometimes. Once the semester starts at the end of February, it will be just 10 days until spring, and the Sun will help us to be more energetic. Or we at least hope so. Anyway, try setting up a schedule of sleep, and keep it up as much as possible. As they say, healthy body, healthy mind.

5. Try Working in Study Groups

If this is something you haven’t tried before. Study groups can be really underrated, especially if you structure your work in a smart way. At the beginning of the semester, you and your friends can also come up with a plan to follow. Be cautious not to get carried away when studying with your buddies – gather to actually learn something, and not just talk about everything and watch funny TikToks. Although, that never really hurt nobody, right?

Even though a new semester is about to start, there is no reason to stress. You still have some time just for yourself, so use it to the fullest and come back to class full of energy and motivation to achieve all your new goals and have fun at the university again!

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  - Emily Brontë


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