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Accelerating your university journey

Advice on balancing student life on full throttle

Update : 07 Apr 2024, 02:43 PM

Ever wondered if the traditional four-year bachelor's degree timeline is truly the only option? What if I told you there is a way to fast-track your graduation and jumpstart your journey to financial freedom sooner? But hold on, you might be thinking, “How do I manage to maintain my CGPA while doing this?” Or perhaps, “How can I balance my studies and tuition?” Well, let’s dive into the practical tips and tricks to help you speed up your university journey whilst also having a good CGPA. 

Early bird gets the A+ 

Get a head start on the day by opting for early morning classes, you can complete your coursework by noon (even with a demanding schedule of six courses per semester), leaving your afternoons free for other activities like part time jobs and tutoring. 

Prioritize sleep and fitness

Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep and prioritize your health. Regular exercise not only keeps you physically fit but also enhances your focus and concentration in class. You do not have to become Arnold Schwarzenegger -- a thirty minute workout every other day will do. 

Harness the power of Indian teachers on YouTube and ChatGPT 

It is 2024. Not having available resources to learn are excuses of the past. Whether it's wrapping your head around calculus or unraveling the mysteries of quantum physics, YouTube and ChatGPT have your back. With a simple prompt like, “Explain double declining depreciation to a 10-year-old,” you can receive concise and easy to understand information and learn almost anything taught in university. 

Experiment with productivity techniques

Try out proven productivity techniques to optimize your study sessions. For example, time blocking allows you to allocate specific hours each day to different tasks, ensuring a structured approach to your academic workload. Similarly, the “Pomodoro technique” breaks study sessions into manageable intervals, promoting focus and efficiency. 

Being skilled at time management is something that allows you to maximize memories while staying on track for career success

Strategic caffeine consumption

Coffee can be your ally in staying alert during early morning classes and study sessions. However, be mindful of the timing. Restrict your caffeine intake after 2pm to prevent disruptions to your sleep schedule, ensuring you remain well-rested and rejuvenated for the day ahead. 

Leverage your Notes app

Keep track of your daily tasks and commitments with the help of the Notes app on your phone. Keep your daily to-do list at hand at all times on your phone or set gentle reminders to guide your day. Instead of aiming for the stars right away, start with small, achievable goals that set you up for success. 

Embrace relaxation and recreation

While academic pursuits are important, don't forget to prioritize self-care and relaxation. Make time for activities that bring you joy, whether it's binge-watching your favourite Netflix series, hanging out with friends, or exploring new hobbies. Taking regular breaks to recharge is essential for preventing burnout and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. 

 

In conclusion, achieving academic excellence, maintaining a fulfilling social life, and pursuing career aspirations are not mutually exclusive goals. Remember, it's not necessarily the miles-per-hour but the “smiles-per-hour” that truly count. You need to make memories while you are still young, and being skilled at time management is something that allows you to maximize memories while staying on track for career success.

 

Razeen Islam is a student at North South University.

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