9 Hacks for Surviving Student life

by Nina Christopoulou

So… student life: easier said than done huh? Well, it’s no piece of cake that’s for sure, but we have some tips that are bound to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable!

9. Make budgeting a priority!

Try to make it your mission to find the best way to keep yourself in check when it comes to money. There are so many ways to save money in London, from apps to brand discount schemes for students, but there’s also this: prepaid cards. You can’t go wrong with your budget if you are using a prepaid card; simply because when you run out, there’s no more where that came from! So try to find the way that works best for you, and make budgeting a priority.

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8. Familiarize yourself with the “speed read” concept.

Once you start uni, you realize soon enough that the core readings are overwhelming on their own. Then add on top of that essay readings, project research and you end up feeling like a day should have 28 hours for you to make-do. That’s where speed reads come in! Instead of going through every single word of texts that are mundane and not the focal point of your interests, try scanning them. You get a pretty good picture of what the lecture is about, without burdening yourself with a huge amount of information.

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7. Find your balance

Needless to say that student life is not all about studying. But once you get all settled in and enrolled in uni, you are going to focus on social life and perhaps it may take a little too much of your focus. Finding that golden line in between your essays and your outings from the get-go is important to get you through the next few years.

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6. Don’t leave your assignments to the last minute

That is to say, organize them early on, not necessarily don’t do the work last minute – although that would be good too! As much as one may love to procrastinate (let’s not kid ourselves), it’s another thing to not even know what you are supposed to do. Once the semester begins, get your assignments in line, pick a subject and do some exploratory research. This small hack is ideal especially if you are a last-minute type of person. This way, you will not run into unexpected issues last minute, plus you will be aware of what to pay special attention to during lectures and seminars!

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5. Get to know your lecturers!

To make the most of student life is to become acquainted with the people that can immerse you in your academic work. This does not mean spending 24 hours a day at the library, but you did pick a field of studies because it peaked your interest. Therefore, it makes sense that getting to know the people that teach you means you get to unearth specific aspects of said study that may be perfect for you, but you wouldn’t come across them any other way!

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4. Master the 20-min nap…

Somewhere in between the lectures, the assignments, the presentations, hitting the gym and your social life, sleep normally takes a back seat. There’s this one little thing called a power-nap and it’s your key to success. 20 minutes is enough to reduce your sleep drive and you can wake up feeling energized and ready to conquer the world!

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3. Remember your water…

Now, this hack maybe true for your everyday life, but we had something more specific in mind. When the party goes a little too far and you have a couple more drinks than usual you normally end up with a pumping head during your next-day’s morning lecture. Chug as much water as you can and those headaches will definitely not get the better of you!

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2. Find your studying spot!

In order to study, you need to get your creative juices flowing. So location matters, and as cool as your uni library may be, there are many other spots around the city that may work much better for you, and may even be closer to your place. The Royal Festival Hall, the British Library and the Barbican are all spots to keep in mind.

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1. Stay in the Loop

Surviving student life is all good and well, but our number 1 tip is about enjoying it too: there are many ways to keep in touch with London’s greatest events, all the way from Time Out to our very own The Stay Club Blog. We recommend you keep up with what’s current because let’s face it – London has so many events that it’s a shame to miss out on them!

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