During the Easter holidays, I faced a problem that seemed akin to the end of my degree during deadline and exam season! My laptop broke, which served as a lesson to all my reckless years of yanking out the USB before the computer tells me it’s safe, because now I actually relied on my back up folders. Thankfully, they were all good and well so my degree was saved.
However, trying to organise how exactly to prepare the rest of my work was challenging. As my friends reminded me, there was always the computer suite in the library (a solution I may still have to take if my bought-at-extremely-last-minute laptop fails me). If I do have to rely on the computer suite, I’ve found the library and the SU surprisingly not as busy as I expected (maybe more people are adopting my recluse technique).
This time has also seen more use from my iPad for research than probably ever before, but I wouldn’t recommend iPads or tablets as ideal essay writing mediums. Actually, I’ve discovered the inner me that embraces the classic studying style. I bought a bullet journal for my to do list and time planning, a brand new notebook for planning and studying, index cards to help me memorise my presentation and have rediscovered my colouring pencils. It’s actually been really great for organisation and I find actively drawing and writing things out gets me in a much more motivated mood to be productive.
Although I wouldn’t really suggest trying to do everything without a computer of some sort, mixing your studying style up with some creativity can be super helpful.