So, as I’m sure you’re all aware, I’m in my third year of university, and I’ve just started my final semester EVER. That’s crazy. This journey has gone by so quickly, and I can’t believe my next journey is literally just around the corner.
With things coming to an end in this chapter of my life, it means that there is a lot of work I need to get done, especially if my aim is to get a 2:1 overall for my degree. The idea of not achieving this is already stressing me out, and (as I’m writing this) I don’t currently have any of my grades back from last semester, so I honestly don’t know how well I’ve done so far.
However, this post is about how to combat stress and to use that stress to be more productive. This is all just from my experience, so I can’t guarantee everything I say will work for you, but I thought it might be helpful anyway!
1: The first thing I would recommend, is if you feel so overwhelmed by your workload, take a break from it. I don’t mean spend the whole day eating chocolate and watching binge watching Netflix. I mean, spend an hour or two just clearing your mind from the stress, maybe go for a walk, and when you come back with a clearer head, you should be able to work better.
2: The next point is to talk to someone. Whether it’s your lecturer (maybe ask for a tutorial if there is enough time, or ask them to read through your essay and give you feedback) or a friend who is also doing the same module as you, sometimes it’s really useful to talk to other people who know what you’re going through and they may also be able to offer some advice. Especially your lecturer. Definitely talk to them.
3: Finally, I would recommend doing a different piece of work. I know this might sound a bit contradictory but bare with me- it might help get your mind off the other essay, and you’re also being productive. I sometimes find this helps stimulate my mind a little bit, because I’ll get into essay writing mode, so even if the subject is different, you will still be in the right mindset.
So, I hope this helps! I think these points can be used at whatever level you’re at- whether it’s GCSE’s, A Levels or at University. If you have any other tips, make sure to leave them in the comments!