Keeping calm and staying focused during university


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Sociology
Category: Student Ambassador

22 January 2018

As a third year student, it’s daunting to think that in a couple of weeks, the last semester of my university experience will sadly be over. And I’m sure all the late nights, working all hours, essay writing, revision and planning will be worth it in the end!

Sometimes uni work can feel overwhelming and stressful and I'm no stranger to that.

I thought it would be good to share some of my top tips if you feel like you need some down time or help in staying calm and focused:

Tip 1: Music
I make relaxing music playlists and listen to them whenever I feel like I have a work overload (I am little bit of a workaholic!). But this is great for me to discover new artists, genres of music and keep my music interesting. If you can’t be bothered to create your own Spotify have some great pre made playlists too.

Tip 2: Take time to relax as well

It’s really important to strike a balance between studying and relaxing and making sure you reward yourself after a hard days studying. Personally, I love a good movie night in - you can’t go wrong with a good comedy or rom-com along with some snacks and your friends. I find this a really great way to chill out after a days working in the library.

Tip 3: Do some exercise
Cambridge is known for its cyclists. I love taking a relaxing bike ride around the various parks, commons and the city in general when I feel stressed. It is a good release of energy, and you’re exercising whilst having fun! It is one of those things you can do on your own when you feel like you need some of your own space or can do with a friend. If you haven't brought your own bike to Cambridge or don’t think you can squeeze it in the car here don’t worry - you can rent bikes in and around the City.

Tip 4: Talk to your course mates
Catching up with coursemates over coffee is the best way to share your worries or concerns about studying – the likelihood is that they’re feeling the same way. A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say! There are loads of social spaces around Cambridge campus such as Helmore street café (my personal favourite) to grab a coffee and chill before or after lectures.

Tip 5: Ask for help if you need it
I am constantly arranging meetings with my supervisor for not only help and support with my dissertation but also to just have general chats and catch-ups about how my whole university experience is going. It is good to remember your tutor and all your lecturers are your friends.

Have you got any tips that have worked for you?


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