Ever find yourself drowning in 10 assignments each due over the course of 4 weeks? Yep, me too. And it’s not the first time. I’ve learnt a lot since the first time this has happened and I’ve handled things better this time around. Here’s some tips:
- Write a list
Write out each assignment and when it’s due, in chronological order, on a piece of paper and stick it to your wall. Put it on your calendar as well. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what is due and when.
- Schedule. Organise.
Once you know what is due when, work out a schedule of when to do each assignment and how long you think you’ll need for each assignment. Make sure you finish them in order. It may seem obvious, but do the first assignment first, not the easiest.
- Sacrifice some of your social life
It’s only for a short time and it will be worth it. You need to put in the time and dedication for it to pay off. You’ll feel less stressed knowing you’re not spreading yourself too thin. Additionally, if you have a part time job, and can afford to so, cut down your hours, your studies come first.
- Write something
Something, anything, it doesn’t matter, even if it is nonsense, just get something down on paper. A blank page is so much scarier; once you’ve got something down you have something to build on and will get your brain working.
- Take Breaks
If you find you’ve hit a wall, or come to a natural stopping point, take that time to relax. Grab a drink, grab a snack, recharge, and think about something else. When you go back to the assignment you’ll feel more energised. (Additional Tip: When you have a couple of assignments due and you find you’ve come to a halt on one, you can take a break and switch to the other assignment – the different subject/question can sometimes be refreshing for your brain.)
- Don’t panic
Easier said than done, but it is important. Remind yourself you can do it, it is possible and you will be fine.
- Turn to your Peers
Your friends and peers who are in the same boat are a great support system. The likelihood is your friends are stuck on the same assignment as you so you can work together, or they have finished one assignment that you’re struggling with while they might be struggling on the one you’re finished with so you can support one another. Sometimes it’s just nice to know that you’re not alone in the stress you’re feeling.
- Speak to someone
If you are still struggling then ask for help. If it really becomes too much, to the point that it is seriously affecting you then, again, speak to your academic adviser, a lecturer, anyone at the university and it is possible they will be able to work out an extension if there are the grounds and some additional support.
Good Luck! You’ll do great! Remember it’s only for a short time.