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Autumn & Procrastination

The weather is getting cooler and the crispness of autumn is in the air, making it that bit more difficult to find the motivation to get out of bed and attend lectures or work on assignments…right?

This may be true, but:

  • Attending lectures is still important. Formative Assessment 2 (for year subjects) and Summative Assessments are still coming, don’t waste opportunities to pick up useful hits and tips on how to tackle your assessments because staying home watching netflix seemed like a better idea at the time.

 

  • You’ve paid good money to be here – or your parents / sponsors have. Don’t put pleasure before business, get your money’s worth, attend lectures and seize every opportunity to make what is left of the semester count.

If these two pearls of wisdom are not helping to motivation you, perhaps some ideas on how to deal with procrastination will.

Tips for Beating Autumn Procrastination

Definition: Procrastination - To irrationally put off important tasks.

1. What’s it worth to you?

A major motivator in life, and for students, is how much you value a set goal or task. If you don’t care that much about it, chances are your motivation will be low and the risk of procrastination high.

By “value” we are not only talking about the importance of the goal or task, but also the enjoyment value. Goals  or tasks that are daunting, unpleasant or boring easily demotivate us, and increase the possibility of procrastination setting in.

How can you overcome this particular obstacle?

  • Determine why the goal / task is important. This will require you to be very honest with yourself; is this the assessment that could save a failing grade, even though you hate the subject? By increasing the value of a goal / task in your mind, you may be able to increase your motivation.
  • Determine the cost of the goal / task. What will it cost you in additional time and money if you don’t get a particular task done or don’t achieve your goal? Think in terms of the financial cost of having to pay for a supp. or repeat a subject, or the additional months or years it will add to your time at college.
  • Reward and Punishment.  Or you could keep it simple by rewarding yourself for doing the right thing and punishing yourself for procrastinating.

2. It’s my personality

For some people procrastination is a personality trait they are born with and have little control over – these people are easily distracted, impulsive and tend to have low self-esteem. Does this sound at all familiar?

You may not be able to change your personality, but you can make it work for you by adjusting your surroundings – by creating an environment that supports work and discourages avoidance.

Things you can do to create a work-friendly environment include:

  • Eliminate distractions. Switch off your cell phone; remove the X-box, Playstation, or whatever gaming device you use from the room; switch off the tv; disconnect the WiFi / internet.
  • Don’t stop to think. Procrastination has a sneaky way of disguising itself as a thought process. Don’t be that guy who stops to think about the best way to illustrate a marketing idea and ends up planning the sandwich you want to make for lunch instead.
  • Be prepared. Make sure you have everything you need to hand when you sit down to work, that way you cannot be distracted by searching for your favourite pen or stopping to think about where you saw that quote that perfectly summed up your argument.

3. How do you and eat an elephant?

According to the proverb…one bite at a time.

What does this even mean?! When faced with a really big task or assignment, the big picture can be overwhelming and can reinforce procrastination. Rather than focusing on the huge end result, break the task / assignment up into smaller, manageable, achievable parts.

Another way of dealing with a daunting task is by alternating it with something you enjoy doing. If you work steadily throughout the day, focusing for a good 30 – 60 minutes on the task you don’t enjoy and alternating it with 20 – 30 minutes of something you do enjoy, you will not only make steady progress, but you’ll also have a positive motivator (the task you enjoy doing) to help you keep on track.

4. In search of perfection

Procrastination is some times best friends with another personality trait that goes by the name of “Perfectionist“. For some people every task / assignment has to be perfect – this is not only unrealistic, it is unnecessary and merely feeds the procrastination monster.

When struggling with feelings of procrastination linked to perfectionism, remind yourself that it is more important to complete a task / assignment, than it is for it to be perfect.

5. Time Management and Concentration

These are two skills you can consciously work on to improve and even beat procrastination. To find out more on how to improve your time management and / or concentration, visit these topics on the blog.


References:

Chambers, A. (2015). Seven Steps to Help Conquer Procrastination: A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning (Part 1). Retrieved from: http://www.mobar.org/media-center/news-blog/seven-steps-to-help-conquer-procrastination-part-1/  [Accessed on: 12 September 2016].

Dean, J. (2014). 10 Foolproof Tips for Overcoming Procrastination. Retrieved from:  http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/03/10-foolproof-tips-for-overcoming-procrastination.php  [Accessed on: 12 September 2016].

Dean, J. (2011). How to Fight the Four Pillars of Procrastination. Retrieved from:  http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/09/how-to-fight-the-four-pillars-of-procrastination.php  [Accessed on: 12 September 2016].

Todd, D. (2012). Overcoming Procrastination: Tips for Overcoming the Bane of all College Students. Retrieved from:  http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/overcoming-procrastination [Accessed on: 12 September 2016].

Assessment Due Dates

With due dates either already past or looming, it’s time to look at the importance of meeting submission deadlines. 

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Without fail the three most common reasons for students losing valuable marks in assessments are:

  • handing in assessments late
  • not reading or following the assessment brief
  • poor referencing 

By ignoring just one of these simple, standard requirements you are guaranteeing yourself a loss of at the very least 20% of your total mark. There are very few, if any, students who can afford to take such a knock when it comes to their grades.

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ASSESSMENT DUE DATES

One of the quickest ways you can kiss between 20% and 100% of your mark good-bye is by handing in an assessment late.

What Does the Student Rulebook Say?

Section 5.8.v – Late Submissions:

Students must hand in or submit projects / assignments during their allocated class time; in the required format specified by the lecturer.

Penalties for late submissions are applied as follows – if a student submits his / her assignment:

  • immediately after the allocated deadline = minus 20%
  • one day late = minus 50%
  • two days late or more = 0%

These penalties are applied across all subjects and are not negotiable. If a student is absent on the date that the assignment is due, a valid medical certificate covering illness during the day of hand-in or the day/s directly after is required in order for the student not be penalised. If a valid and legitimate medical certificate is not presented and affixed to the project / assignment the penalties apply. 

No documentation from a medical institution without an official diagnosis signed by the doctor will be accepted. In other words, a letter simply stating that a student visited the clinic is not a valid medical certificate. In any other situation, valid official documentation is required.

No telephonic conversation will be entered into, nor will an e-mail be accepted. 

What’s Your Excuse?

Believe me when I tell you, your lecturer has heard it all before but for argument’s sake let’s take a look at the most common excuses for handing in an assessment late:

I needed more time

If this is your “go to” excuse then you may need to reassess your time management skills. You can find tips and strategies to help you better manage your time here.

If time management isn’t the issue then perhaps a lack of class attendance may be the reason for you running short of time on assessments; the BMH Student Rulebook (2017, p. 26) clearly states that:

Students will be informed in class of assessment briefs and dates at least two weeks in advance…It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are fully informed of all assessments prior to the actual assessment date.

If you are not attending classes regularly, you are at risk of receiving assessment briefs late, or even worse, not at all.

I need extra time because *insert credible reason here*

If for some or other legitimate reason you are unable to submit your assessment on the specified due date you may apply for an extension. However be very sure to read the rules for this special application carefully:

Section 5.8.iv – Applying for an Extension:

Students requesting an extension on an assignment due date are required to do so in writing at least ten (10) working days before the due date, by completing an Extension Request Form available from the Student Information Desk / Centre; after which it will be submitted to the relevant Academic Manager and lecturer. If the request is granted, the Extension Request Form will be signed off by the relevant lecturer and Academic Manager and will be placed in the student’s record file. The student will be notified telephonically (sms) and / or in writing, whether an extension has been granted or not. 

My USB broke / isn’t working

Always save your assessment to a spare / back up USB or drive. Technology fails all the time and this won’t be accepted as an excuse for submitting an assessment late.

The printer broke / ran out of ink / paper OR The queue  for the printer in the library was long.

Don’t leave the printing of your assessment to the last minute meaning you have no time to arrange a back up plan or find an alternative printer. Technology fails all the time and this won’t be accepted as an excuse for submitting an assessment late.

My taxi / bus / lift was running late.

On the day of an assessment due date ensure that you arrive well in advance of the hand-in time. Transportation issues will not be accepted as an excuse for submitting an assessment late. 

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Reference:

Boston Media House. (2017). Student Rulebook, 2017. Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Time Management – Important vs. Urgent Tasks

Good time management results in the effective and efficient use of one’s time, and reminds us that: many tasks are important, but not all are urgent.  

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Time pressure is a prevalent source of stress both at college and in the world of work – it is the result of having too much to do, and not enough time to do it all in. The Eisenhower Principle is a prioritization method which allows for the categorization of tasks in a straightforward, no gray areas manner. The principle helps you consider your priorities and then decide which tasks are essential (or important) and which are distractions.

However, before we can continue, we first need to understand the difference between what it means for something to be “important” and for it to be “urgent” – the authors at Mind Tools have defined it well:

Important activities have an outcome that leads us to achieving our goals, whether they are professional or personal. 

Urgent activities demand immediate attention, and are usually associated with achieving someone else’s goals. They are often the ones we concentrate on and they demand attention because the consequences of not dealing with them are immediate.”

According to the Eisenhower Principle tasks fall into one of four categories:

  • Important and Urgent
  • Not Urgent but Important
  • Not Important but Urgent
  • Not Important and Not Urgent

Each category is then assigned a recommended plan of action:

  • Important and Urgent – Do it now.
  • Not Urgent but Important – Decide on when to schedule it in.
  • Not Important but Urgent – Delegate it to someone else.
  • Not Important and Not Urgent – Delete it.

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How to Apply the Eisenhower Principle

The application of the Eisenhower Principle is quite simple provided you are able to make a decision regarding the categorization of tasks, and then stick to it.

STEP 1: Select a task and decide whether or not it is urgent. This will help you in deciding whether immediate action is necessary or not.

STEP 2: Using the same task as for Step 1, decide whether it is important or not. This will help you decide whether it is something you need to do yourself, or whether it can be delegated to someone else.

Priority 1 Tasks

priority-1These are tasks that are both urgent and important. These tasks need to be seen to immediately and by you personally. They will be assigned the highest priority on your to-do list.

However, if you are spending the majority of your time on these types of tasks, you are being reactive, rather than planning your work and actions ahead of time.

Priority 2 Tasks

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These are tasks that are important but not urgent; they need to be attended to personally but not immediately, so you need to schedule in time to address them. It is helpful to assign these types of tasks a beginning and end date – this will also help you with assigning them a priority rating on your to-do list.

Ideally, most of your tasks should fall under Priority 2 tasks.

Priority 3 Tasks

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These tasks are urgent but not important, so they require immediate attention but not necessarily from you. These tasks are usually someone else’s priority, not your own. If at all possible, delegate these tasks to someone else, or decide whether they are in fact a Priority 4 task.

Priority 4 Tasks

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These are tasks that are neither important nor urgent, and so are mostly a waste of your time. These tasks should be dropped as they add no value to your productivity.

How Does Eisenhower Fit Into This?

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The story goes, that in a speech in 1954, former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower quoted the president of a U.S. university when he said:

“I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”

This is apparently how President Eisenhower arranged and managed his workload and priorities…thus, becoming the Eisenhower Principle.


 References:

Eisenhower’s Urgent / Important Principle: Using Time Effectively, Not Just Efficiently. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm. [Accessed on: 21 February 2017].

The Eisenhower Method. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://thousandinsights.wordpress.com/articles/on-productivity/the-eisenhower-method/. [Accessed on: 21 February 2017].

 

Time Management – Effective Use of To-Do Lists

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do? Do you sometimes totally forget to do something important, or even miss a deadline altogether?

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These are all symptoms of poor time management which could be rectified with the implementation of a prioritized “to-do list”. By creating a “to-do list” you are ensuring that all your tasks are noted in one place. By then prioritizing those tasks (from most to least important) you are able to plan the order in which you will address them, thus ensuring that those with the highest priority get your immediate attention.

To-do lists are particularly helpful when you are dealing with multiple deadlines and are feeling overloaded as a result. By using them effectively, you’ll find that you are better organised and you’ll experience less stress, knowing that you haven’t forgotten anything. In addition to this, if you prioritize properly, you’ll be focusing your time and energy on high value tasks, making you more productive.

Creating a To-Do List
Step 1:
  • Write down all the tasks you need to complete for the upcoming week or month.
  • If there are large tasks break them down into smaller tasks / steps .
  • Ideally a task or step should not take more than a few hours each to complete.
  • It may be helpful to compile a to-do list per subject you are registered for, or one for personal tasks and one for college tasks. Try different approaches and see which best suits you.
Step 2:
  • Read through your list and allocate each task a priority rating i.e. “A” for very important or urgent tasks, “B” for moderate / ordinary tasks and “C” for unimportant, low importance tasks.
  • If you find that the majority of your tasks have been allocated an “A” for high priority, re-do your list, with a realistic and critical eye looking for what really is high priority and what can be safely demoted to moderate and low priority.
Step 3:
  • Start making use of your list by working through the tasks in order of priority.
  • Once you’ve completed a task in full, tick it off or draw a line through it.
  • Once a day (either in the morning or the night before) spend 10 minutes revising your list  – adding anything new that has come up, re-assigning priorities should things have changed etc.

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Prioritized to-do lists are exceptionally helpful with:

  • Reminding you what tasks need to be done for a particular time period.
  • Organizing what order your list of tasks should be done in, so that you don’t waste time on low value tasks.
  • Maintaining stress levels by moving focus away from unimportant, trivial tasks.

Reference:

To-Do Lists: The Key to Efficiency. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_05.htm. [Accessed on: 16 February 2017].

Time Management – How Good Are You At Managing Your Time?

How often do you find that you’ve run out of time? For some people, it feels as if there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. 

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Below is a short quiz, courtesy of Mind Tools, the purpose of which is to identify  aspects of time management you need help with. You will be able to find additional and related posts on the Student Wellness Blog that will help you with learning to manage your time more efficiently and effectively.

INSTRUCTIONS:
  • For each statement note which response best describes you and write down the point value (e.g. Q.1 – Rarely = 2 pts; Q.2 – Very Often = 5 pts).
  • Be sure to answer the questions as you actually are, and not how you hope or wish to be.
  • When you are done, total up your points to get your final score.

 

QUIZ QUESTIONS:

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SCORE INTERPRETATION:

15 – 30  Ouch! The good news is that you’ve got a great opportunity to improve your time management and long term success. However, to realize this you are going to need to work on your time management skills.

31 – 45  You’re good at some things, but there is room for improvement. Identify where your time management skills are falling short and with some changes you will most likely find that your life will become less rushed and stressful.

46 – 75  You know how to manage your time efficiently. You may have some areas you’d like to tweak but overall you’re doing well.

As you went through and answered the questions you may have picked up on areas where your time management is lacking. Below is a summary of the main time management areas explored by the quiz, and a guide to what posts you need to keep a look out for to help you improve on them.

Goal Setting (Questions 6 & 10)

One way of managing your timetarget effectively is by setting goals. When you know where you are going, you can then plan for what exactly needs to be done, and in what order. Without proper goal setting, you may waste time on a muddle of conflicting priorities.

People tend to avoid goal setting because it takes time and effort. What they fail to see is that a little time and effort now, saves a lot of time, effort and frustration in the long run.

Visit the Goal Setting posts that are already available on the blog – there you will find tips on how to set goals and avoid common pitfalls.

Prioritisation (Questions 1, 4, 8, 13, 14 & 15)

Prioritising what needs to be done is a vital part of good time management. Without it, you may work really hard but not actually achieve the results you were hoping for becaulmfaos-to-do-listse you were working on tasks that were strategically unimportant.

Most people make use of a “to-do list” system of some sort. The main error with these lists is that they are just a collection of things that need to be done, in no particular order. To work efficiently you need to identify and work on the most important, highest value tasks first. By doing this you won’t get caught out trying to get a critical task done as the deadline approaches.

Visit the Time Management posts already available on the blog for tips on how to create effective, time managing “to-do lists”.

Managing Distractions & Interruptions (Questions 5, 9, 11 & 12)

Having a plan and knowing how to prioritise it is one thing. The next step is knowing what to do to minimagesimize interruptions and distractions when you are working on implementing your plan and getting tasks done. Although interruptions and distractions are a natural part of life, there are things you can do to minimize their time-robbing effects, something as simple as closing your door when you are working, or switching off your cell phone.

Procrastination (Question 2)

I’ll do it later” has led to the downfall of many a student. After too many “laters” the work piles up and any task seems insurmountable. The first step to beating protumblr_n2n4om4orm1rwkrdbo1_500crastination, is recognising that you are a procrastinator. Next you need to figure out why – Are you afraid of failing? Are you not understanding the work? Are you focusing on less important, low value tasks because they are easy and give you a false sense of achievement?

Once you know why you procrastinate you can start planning ways of breaking the habit. Reward yourself for getting the task done, and remind yourself regularly of the consequences of not doing the boring, high value tasks.

Scheduling (Questions 3 & 7)

Much of time management boils down to scheduling your time effectively. When you know what your goals are and you’ve prioritised them, the next step is to create a schedule that keeps you on track, and prtumblr_mzpvr9bfot1r6y6kfo1_500otects your from unnecessary stress.

This means understanding the factors that affect the time you have available to you. You not only need to schedule priority tasks, you also need to leave room for interruptions, and build in contingency time for unexpected events that would otherwise wreak havoc on your schedule. By creating a realistic schedule that reflects your priorities and supports your goals, you are gaining control over your time, as well as keeping a healthy work-life balance.

To learn more about how to schedule in “safety margins” and make the most of the time available to you, visit the Time Management posts already available on the blog.


References:

How Good is Your Time Management? (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_88.htm. [Accessed on: 13 February 2017].

 

New Year Do’s and Don’ts

After three months of summer holidays getting back into a college routine can be a bit of a shock to the system for returning 2nd, 3rd & 4th Years.

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Here are some tips to help get your year off to the right start:

1.  Do learn from your mistakes: Take a few minutes to think about what you would like to achieve this year and semester, and what you may need to do differently in order to achieve it. It could be as simple as investing in an alarm clock so that you wake up on time to make those early morning lectures; or something more concerted like meeting with a lecturer to revise concepts you struggled with last year. Either way, this is a new year and a new start, take advantage of it!

2.  Do attend the first week of lectures: (As well as the weeks that follow after that) It’s tempting to tell yourself that you’re going to ease yourself back into college, nothing happens during the first week back anyway. However, getting back into a routine and college schedule early, as well as keeping up with reading and homework always pays off in the long run.

3. Don’t avoid making appointments to meet with your lecturers: Although classes are just getting started, now is a good time to ask for help and guidance particularly with subjects you are struggling with. Don’t allow what is currently a small issue to become a serious one because you ignored it, hoping it would sort itself out.

4. Don’t suffer from last year “hangover”: Try to enter the new year with an open mind, don’t carry ‘baggage’ (be it a dislike of a lecturer, a subject, a person in your class) into the new year with you. Having the right frame of mind and attitude towards something is half the battle won.

5. Do revise your time management habits: If you were constantly running out of time to work on assignments and feeling like your life was just one big deadline, then now is a good time to review your time management habits. There are a number of posts on Time Management available on this blog.

6. Do keep a positive attitude: Having survived the last year you know how crazy workloads can get, how many late nights and early mornings are required to keep on top of everything. But also remember that you have what it takes to meet these challenges and thrive. Make time for family and friends. Don’t forget to eat healthy and exercise. Remind yourself of what your end goal is and keep your eye on the prize.

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The Difference Between High School and College

The transition from high school to college can come as a bit of a shock to some. Here are a few of the main differences you will experience – bearing in mind that: forewarned is forearmed.

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Important points to take note of:

  • Learn to manage your time. Plan ahead and make your studies a priority, making space for everything else.
  • Do not assume that because you did well in high school that you will automatically do well at college. The level of cognitive and critical engagement, marking criteria and other factors require different levels of synthesis and understanding.
  • Be patient with yourself. You are entering a new phase in your life and a different learning environment, a transition which takes time to adjust to.
  • Remember to look after your health both mentally and physically. Good nutrition, regular exercise and a balanced study schedule are all basic requirements for success at college and in life.
  • Read your Course Outlines and Student Rules and Regulations Booklet. Your lecturers and Boston support staff will assume you have done so and that you are familiar with Boston’s policies and procedures.
  • Attending college is not like attending school or having a job – your hours are not set and you will need to be flexible in terms of your study patterns.
  • You need to be proactive, be it in terms of making friends or approaching a lecturer for assistance.

References:

From Secondary School to University. (2015). Retrieved from:  http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/new-students/secondary-school  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].

How is College Different from High School. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/NeatStuffforNewStudents/HowIsCollegeDifferentfromHighSchool  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].

School to Uni: What’s the Difference? (2014). Retrieved from:  https://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/learning_guides/learningGuide_schoolToUniWhatsTheDifference.pdf  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].

 

 

Overcoming Your First Year Fears

Feeling nervous about starting college is not only normal, but a good sign that you are gearing up for, and are ready to take on new challenges.

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The good news is that most of your fears will be put to rest during the first few weeks of term, and for those that linger there are ways of addressing them.

Common First Year Fears:

I don’t know anyone, and I’m terrible at making new friends.

Firstly, you are not alone – the majority of first years are new and don’t know anyone else either. Creating a new network of college friends can be challenging , which is why you need to be proactive and make the effort to meet new people:

  • Attend orientation, not only will it prepare you for your first day of classes and how to navigate the college system, it’s also a great opportunity to meet other 1st years.
  • The first few weeks of classes are the best time to start making connections with other students – challenge yourself to exchanging phone numbers with at least one other student form each of your classes.
  • Greet and introduce yourself to the person you sit next to in your classes or labs.
  • Don’t always rush off immediately after class, have a cup of coffee or lunch with a classmate if you have the time.
  • Don’t wait to be invited / join the conversation / be introduced – take the first step.
I’m not academically cut out for college.

Without a doubt college will be more academically and creatively challenging than high school. Your workload will increase, assignments may be fewer but more demanding and will require your critical engagement with the subject matter. This does not however mean that you are doomed to struggle your way through the next three or four years.

It is common for student’s marks to drop a little from high school to college – this doesn’t mean that you are not coping or not cut out for college. What it does tell you is that you are transitioning to a more challenging educational environment with new and different demands.

I’m living away from home for the first time and I’m really going to miss my family / friends / boyfriend / girlfriend.

Homesickness is a common and normal 1st year experience. We will be providing tips on how to survive your first year away from home in an upcoming post.

I’m worried about my finances.

This is a very real concern for many college students, not just 1st years. College is expensive and the spending doesn’t stop at just paying the tuition fees. Knowing how to budget and manage your money is an important life skill, look out for the upcoming post on budgeting.

Another proactive way of dealing with financial worries is by getting a part-time job – visit the blog page at the top of this post titled: Casual and Part-time Work for more information on finding part-time work and how to balance work and studies.

I don’t know how to cook or do laundry.

The simplest solution to this problem is to ask someone to teach you / show you how to: plan and cook simple meals, operate a washing machine, buy the correct detergent / softener etc. This can be done before you leave for college, or if you’ve already arrived at college then now is a good time to start making friends with people who know how to do these things!

I’m terrible at managing my time, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to balance everything.

Time management and being self-directed are two major challenges most college students face when transitioning from high school to college. You will be able to find posts on time management already published on the blog and in upcoming posts, so be sure to visit the blog regularly or sign up to follow us; that way you won’t miss a post.

My lecturers scare me.

Approaching a lecturer may seem like yet another daunting college-related obstacle but you will find that Boston’s lecturers are actually very nice and approachable. Be sure to find out what your various lecturer’s consultation times are and where their offices are located on campus.  Make an appointment to see your lecturer if you are having problems with course content or struggling with an assignment, rather than hoping to catch him / her for an impromptu meeting after a class; that way you will both be prepared.

I am totally stressed out – I don’t think I can handle this!

You’re already in the right place, just by visiting this blog! The BMH Student Wellness Blog is here to provide you with information and assistance regarding a variety of relevant interpersonal and wellness topics. Spend some time scrolling through the blog or visit the Categories tab, on the right-hand side of the page, for a list of topics covered.

You can also visit the Need Help? page at the top of this post for a list of support services and material to help you with a variety issues.

Alternatively, Boston offers free counselling to all registered students – visit the Student Counselling page for more information on how to book a session with Boston’s counsellor.


References:

Lucier, K.L. (2014). 15 Tips for Conquering Your College Freshman Fears. Retrieved from: http://collegelife.about.com/od/beforeyouarrive/qt/freshmanfears.htm  [Accessed on: 22 January 2016].

What to Expect from Uni Life. (2015). Retrieved from: http://www.gettingstarted.unsw.edu.au/what-expect-uni-life  [Accessed on: 22 January 2016].

 

 

Preparing for College 101

With just over two weeks to go before lectures start, I will be running a series called “Preparing for College 101” from Monday, 02 February 2015.

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Topics will include:

Tips for Surviving & Thriving at College

– Why You Should Attend Orientation

– Coping with Homesickness

– Time Management

– How to Budget

and more.

These posts, though aimed at new / First Year students, will provide helpful information for all students regardless of what year you are (socially or academically).