Manage your time

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    Manage your time

    As a new student at a University, you will discover that compared to your earlier education, studying there is quite different. You will often experience having fewer classes, along with having a very different relationship to teachers than you may have experienced earlier in your education. 

    Read more about the transition from High School to University here

    Studying at a University also means that there is a greater responsibility on your shoulders to manage your time and to read the expected material.

    Learning to be a good student at a University is unfortunately not something you can accomplish overnight, but rather something you work towards through your whole study. 

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    Prioritise your time

    For example, if you find that you suddenly cannot read the whole curriculum, or begin to feel pressured over your inadequacy to do so, it can be a good idea to ask yourself the following:

    • Does it make sense to me to read the whole curriculum thoroughly?
    • Are there any subjects in my semester that I would like to prioritise higher than the others?
    • What time of the day do I read most efficiently? Is it more efficient if I sit with others?
    • Can my fellow students assist me to get a better understanding of certain texts?

    Find the proper tools for reading techniques here

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    Achieve what you want

    In order to achieve what you want, both in your study and in your free time, it is important that you plan and prioritise the various assignments over the course of a day or a week.  

    You could start by filling in this weekly schedule, for example:


    You can choose how detailed you would like it to be – whether you would like to add deadlines to all the details, put in  pauses and coffee breaks – or if you would rather make it an overall plan. The important part is simply that you remember to plan for the activities that you have outside of your study life. 

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    What is CRUCIAL in the following week?

    When you have created an overview of your week, for example by filling in the week schedule, it can be a good idea to make a list of the things you prioritise in the coming week, or on the specific days, and in what order you should prioritise them.

    In order to cope with feeling inadequate and not achieving your planned goals, you can ask yourself the following:

    • Can it wait?
    • Is it important?
    • Can I get others to help me or delegate some of the assignments?

    If you would like to try prioritising your assignments, you can fill in the schedule “Prioritising your time and assignments” below:


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    Don’t forget to have fun

    Many students, who feel pressured in their study, often start with excluding the fun or their pastime, when time is running out.

    When you cut out all of the fun, you automatically block your source of recovery. In order to create an overview of what contributes to your restitution and energy in your life, the exercise “What gives you energy in your life?” can be quite useful. The exercise can help you realise what recharges your energy.