Being a student, it is your primary obligation to study for your exams. However, it’s not the only one, regardless of what our parents and teachers claim. Studying dynamics should be about the same throughout the semester, but we all know that most of the studying happens during the actual exam period, while we’re lucky if we manage to somewhat keep up with our classes throughout the semester. So, what happens in between? Don’t you find yourself the night before an exam, having just realized that there’s not enough time for you to prepare for the exam and wondering where the time has gone? Well, there’s no one answer; there are numerous coffees and parties, as well as other things that just happen to arise in daily routines. The good news is that you don’t need to give up your social life in order to be more fulfilled or productive, you just need better organization and perhaps a bit of a sacrifice. Nevertheless, there are smarter ways to spend your free time before exams and here are some things you should try to implement in your schedule.
The thing to do between studying is studying? That doesn’t sound right, but it’s not exactly like that. You should try and keep your brain in shape, which means constant studying. Nobody said it needs to last for hours, but it’s good to keep up with your ongoing classes. What’s wrong with a little revision before and after a lecture? Perhaps your timetable has long breaks that can be used in a very productive way, like going to the library and studying a bit. If you find it boring to go alone, ask your colleague to join you. You can have joint breaks during studying which will make you more willing to participate in such an activity. The results will make you more attentive in classes, you’ll be able to participate and enjoy it much more than you would have in case you came to classes completely ignorant. Moreover, your brain won’t get rusty until the next exam period, so it’s basically a win-win.
Another idea to spend your time is by taking up a part-time job. Everyone could use a bit of extra cash and it’s a great way to see yourself in a real-life situation where you have responsibilities and deadlines. It’s like an introduction to adulthood and you get paid. Depending on your skills and your major, you might even be able to get a job in your own field. If not, it’s good to test yourself in other fields. For instance, language students often have many opportunities to earn some money on the side, by teaching online, translating, proofreading or interpreting. However, if your major is different, you can always tutor the things you study or you can take a job that has nothing to do with your field. For instance, some companies developing software and apps need testers. This usually doesn’t require any special level of expertise. You could also work in a library, copy shop or even get paid to take surveys. All these don’t take up a lot of time and preparation, plus, they can be done according to your convenience, which is highly important in your situation.
A change of a life routine once you go to uni can be a radical one. You suddenly realize you have much less time and much more responsibilities. Since the life pace changes drastically during this time, we often forget that we now need to take special care of the amount of physical activity we do. Since being a university student offers more freedom, it also carries more responsibility and independence. This means that you need to take care of your health as well. So, perhaps you can use some of your free time to go jogging, join a gym or some sort of a fitness program. It’s healthy and it’ll definitely make you feel better and stay in shape.
There must be something you always wanted to learn. Playing a new instrument, sewing, baking, DIY or anything you can come up with that you’d like to learn and haven’t done it yet. You can enroll in a language course or join a mounting climbing club, go shooting or bird watching. There is plenty of choices and there must be something you always wanted to do, but haven’t had the time.
We all have a 24-hour day and yet some people manage to do so many things compared to others. Of course, we’re all different and prefer a different pace, but the fact that we can organize our time better and spend it smarter definitely is true. So, what are you waiting for? These are the best years of your life, put them to good use!