1. Get as much sleep as possible.
There is no shame of napping in public at university. In fact, it’s encouraged and people are jealous of you if you can pull it off. That’s not to say sleep in class and never do homework. But if you can squeeze in a power nap between class or on the train? DO IT.
2. Read your books, as best as you can – or be prepared to study a lot.
I’ll be honest, Sparknotes can be your best friend (I know every teacher is hating me right now) but it’s true. With everything going on in life, there isn’t always time to do readings. Don’t rely on it, but use if you’re desperate or simply don’t understand the book.
Tip: Read the material that takes up most of the schedule/syllabus (ie if your prof is spending 2 classes talking about it)
3. Do things early.
This is the biggest lie you’ll tell yourself. You think you’ll do everything early, but time’s up by the time you even think about an assignment. When a prof tells you about the assignment, it’s fresh in your mind. So get it done. At least write out a plan. You’ll be thanking yourself later.
4. Go to office hours/Network.
Making connections or networking is the best way to get your foot in the door, no matter what career you have. Get to know your prof. You don’t have to know every single prof, pick the “cool one” to you, or the one you can relate to. It’s only an hour (at most) out of your day. Kill time between classes, stop by and say hi. Hey, if they like you, they might even go easy on the marking.
5. Buy new stationary.
This is a great shopping excuse. Getting new pens, agendas, or anything you put on your desk is great. You get the pleasure of shopping (online works just as well if you’re not a fan of busy stores) while being productive at the same time.
Everything you regretted last semester? Don’t do it again.