Make Your Mark As A Mature Student
20 Oct 21
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To study, or not to study? Here’s advice for the right work and life balance at university.
When it comes to looking after your mental health, both work and play matter. At the University of Bolton, we care about student wellbeing and offer a counselling service for anyone who may be struggling with life at university.
Our friendly and supportive campus is a great place to learn and make friends, but we always advise students to have a balanced schedule, and enough time to hit the refresh button so they aren’t overwhelmed.
Here’s a guide on how to achieve a good work and life balance, while still getting things done!
Buy a diary (and track your goals)
A week-to-view diary is great for keeping on top of your life at university, giving you a way to see lectures, study dates and social events at a glance.
Using a diary will help you figure out how much time you have left to relax and get back to neutral. Plus, it’s also great practice for the future as it prepares you for effective time management in the workplace.
If you want to make sure you’re on track with monthly goals and objectives, it could also be beneficial to keep a bullet journal. This is the type of diary that is made up of simple bullet points and lists, including deadlines, to-do lists, short and long term goals, as well as plans and aspirations for the future.
Study smarter (not harder)
Life at university isn’t about burning the candle at both ends and staying up all night to study, as this isn’t the most productive way to learn. Taking regular breaks is essential, as it can reboot your brain and help you concentrate. So try to study in intervals instead of doing a marathon.
If you need to revise for an exam, use the ‘spacing’ method to strengthen your memory. Once you have studied something, give it a few hours, days or even a week before you re-visit it again.
When you’ve got a part-time job as well as a social life to juggle, the spacing method works a charm, allowing you to do other things in-between. Just remember to start your revision early so you have plenty of time to plan things into your calendar!
Learn to say “yes” and “no”
Staying organised is step one, but step two requires strength of mind when it comes to accepting or rejecting social invites. Learning to say “yes” is important because students need to be open to new experiences and embrace different opportunities.
But knowing how to say “no” is also vital, as taking on too much can be detrimental for your physical and mental health. To avoid getting run down, be open-minded (but still selective) about social occasions.
If you find yourself having to turn things down because you have too much work, don’t just say you can’t make it. Tell the host or the person who invited you that you’ll be there next time, because maintaining connections is important too.
Involve friends in your weekly goals
Got a target to hit the treadmill twice a week? Get your friends involved at the gym. This is a fantastic way to combine important activities with a bit of socialising. It doesn’t always have to be at the pub quiz!
If you need time to wind down, you can also suggest relaxing activities from low-key picnics in the park to walks in and around Bolton; there are many ways to spend time with others and enjoy a good work and life balance.
Want to study at a supportive and caring university where your needs come first? There are still spaces left at the University of Bolton, where we pride ourselves in delivering #UniAsItShouldBe.
We’ve been a Top 6 UK university for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide* for three years running. Also for the past four years our students have voted us No.1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West.**
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*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019
**Complete University Guide in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019, North West region