As expected, I was in for a rude awakening.
Page after page of vast amounts of text seemed to haunt me at all times of the day. Most people were excited at the prospect of the college day being over and they would blissfully return home, where they would spend their valuable time freely, without a care. I, on the other hand, would slowly trudge home, knowing that my escape from the homework would be inevitable. Work: love it or hate it, it has to be done!
At first, I thought it wouldn’t end.
Despite how pessimistic I sound, I managed to survive the year.
At times, it felt impossible yet, here I am writing this article. If you are in this position, keep reading – because here is a checklist from a person who experienced this first hand.
I cannot stress enough how vital this is. This is the first step to keeping your chaotic life and disorganised work in check. Naturally for each subject, it is essential to have an A4 lever arch file. Now I don’t expect you to haul five enormous files to college. It’s impossible, unless you are Superman. I suggest you carry a separate A4 lever arch file to place the work you need to take to college for the next day. Also, it helps to have different coloured file dividers so you can quickly find the work for each subject. Once your files are organised, it’s time to move on to…
After a tedious day at college and a villainous amount of paper waiting to be filled in, there is no doubt you’re exhausted. It’s time for a break. It’s better to have a well-rested mind than an agitated one. I find it is most effective to divide my workload into chunks. Spend at most 45 minutes and take a 15-minute break. Of course there will be times when you break this rule, but it is important for your wellbeing to take breaks. After all, none of your teachers will want to see a zombie wander into the class. Sometimes you may not know where to start with your workload, so it is important to…
The overwhelming amount of work can cause even the most composed person to become stressed. It is best to create a system that suits you. One way is to work out all the deadlines for your work and start with the first one due in. Another way is to start with the most difficult piece so that the most stressful part is over with first.
As much as your life will seem to revolve around work, it is important to socialise. Don’t become a hermit, locking yourself away from the outside world while silently cursing at your workload. Socialising is a good way to relax and keep your spirits high. Don’t treat your friends like enemies. They are only there to help.
However, it is important to keep a balance with your work and social life. Keep the balance by going out occasionally with friends and when you do go out, take into consideration the weight of your workload. When you’ve spent several hours relaxing, you don’t want to return and see a huge pile of work waiting for you.
Last of all you need determination!
Work won’t be completed without a hard-working attitude. There will be times you fall in and out of love with your subjects and you won’t always want to do the work, but the work will always be there. It takes guts to stick to such a demanding workload. I know at times the pressure will challenge you, and it takes determination to carry on.
When you feel frustrated and want to tear your books apart, talk to someone. Your teachers will support you if you need help. If the pressure does become too much, you can – as a last resort – drop a subject. Think about your own wellbeing. The reason I kept up all five of my courses was that I was stubborn and wanted to continue to study subjects I loved. I don’t regret taking five subjects as I have gained valuable skills such as time management and organisation. This is how I coped. The rest is up to you. The next few months will be tough, but when you get those results you worked so hard for, it will all be worthwhile.