After a break that went too quickly and more than a few too many nights out and all day sleep-ins, a new session is upon us.
Even though it’s only early days and it may seem like there isn’t that much work to be done, there are a few things you need to do to be ready for when the huge wave of assessments hit. If you just follow these few simple steps and do a little bit or work ahead of time, you’ll be absolutely prepared for whatever this session has to throw at you.
Buy your textbooks
Even if you think you can get through the session without them, or that you can wait it out to see if they are really necessary, you should prioritise your education by investing in your textbooks early. Sure, they can be pretty pricey, but being able to have your own copy of a text that you can make notes in and have on hand for revision is going to make it so much easier to keep on top of your work and achieve the marks you’re after. Plus you can always buy used textbooks, or sell yours after you’re done with it.
Get ahead on your reading
While we’re on the topic of textbooks, you should also use the first few weeks of session to get ahead on all of your reading. Depending on what course and subjects you’re enrolled in, you could have between 10 and 15 books that all need to get read. To make this more manageable, try to get as many out of the way as possible before your uni work really starts to pile up.
Enrol in the right subjects
While the new session is still in the early stages, this is the perfect time to check that you are enrolled in the right subjects. Certain courses have required subjects that all students have to take, while others are free to select their own subjects and take a bunch of electives. To make sure that you don’t spend all session studying a subject that won’t be counted towards your degree, take some time to familiarise yourself with your degree planner and the CSU online admin to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
Set up your routine
It might be tempting to spend some extra time in bed or skip the first introductory classes during the beginning weeks of session, but this is actually the time when you need to be establishing healthy lifestyle habits that will help you to balance study and all the other areas of your life when the session gets busier. Use this time to create a sleep schedule that works for you, as well as letting your work know what days and times you will be free, and slotting in some time for study sessions as well. Even if you don’t have much work to do right now, you will be thankful to have a schedule prepared when your exams roll around.