After a long Christmas break it can often be difficult to re-adjust to University life – especially the academic sides of it! For me, it seems that as soon as I get back into a routine at home, I have to leave again. Over the past three years I’ve gotten much more used to it and have found a way to get back into things as quickly as possible.
First of all, I make sure I get everything unpacked and tidied in my room as quickly as possible. It can be incredibly disruptive if everything is out of place and chaotic in your room! Having everything in its place gives you a sense of normality and organisation – it’s also just one less thing to worry about.
Getting into a routine is really the most important thing for me, but it can be difficult when there’s exam period before lectures and seminars start again. I often feel at a bit of a loose end because there’s not a structured plan for me to follow, so I decided I would create one for myself.
I now always make myself a timetable of the work I’m going to do, including revision, general reading and dissertation work (gulp!). This helps to get me adjusted to university life quickly and easily, but it also keeps me on top of all of my work!
Another thing I try to structure is my meals – deciding what I’m having and when in advance. This gets me back in the swing of cooking my own meals and means I can manage my time more effectively.
I think the best advice would be to throw yourself straight back into everything. If you’re starting a new module, why not grab a book from the library and do some background reading on the topic? Or if you’ve got exams or assignments to hand in, why not set yourself targets and deadlines?
Whatever course you do, there’s always something you can be doing to get back up to speed for the new semester. So my advice – do it!