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Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law is a graduate of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her favourite weekend visiting spot is Eat Street Northshore in Brisbane.

How to live a stress-free life throughout your degree

Attending university can be daunting yet exciting. Thinking back to my first year, I can still remember some of my stressful days.

You are not alone if you are at this stage struggling to get through the semester! Even for the most relaxed student, university can be challenging. Here are things you can do to keep your worries at bay and I hope the following tips can make your study aboard life easier!

Attend all classes and be attentive.

Dragging yourself to classes not enough. Ask questions, make notes and engage in classes sounds trivial but, indeed, has a significant difference to my final grades.

Apply for a short term exchange and/or an internship.

Universities are always holding volunteering, global experiencing expos and career fairs which you should never miss out on. One tip on getting notifications of events is to follow as many of your university social medias as you can and subscribe to their newsletters to keep yourself notified.

Take classes over the summer holidays.

Dealing with financial can be stressful sometimes. Summer courses generally offer significant savings when compared to regular semester rates. Taking summer courses can not only fast track your degree, it saves you money on tuition and living expenses. One point to note is that not all courses offer summer semester enrolment. If you wish to take one, do plan ahead and read carefully about their requirements.

Take advantage of all range of student services at your university.

Universities offer a wide range of services to help you with your wellbeing, finances, finding a home, getting legal advice and managing childcare responsibilities. From health and welfare to careers and employability, there are always staff who are willing to help. The more you are engaged in learning the basics, the easier you will find to achieve your goals.

So book yourself an appointment and chat with university academic and student centres advisors from time to time and keep yourself on track!

Networking.

This is a great way to connect with others in your field of interests. From my experience, connections create opportunities which can be beneficial to you before heading out into your prospective career.

Universities offer different networking events from time to time so do check them out and make effort to attend some of them. This may seem scary at first but being able to create professional relationships with other students and professors on campus is very rewarding and I am sure you will find it valuable.

Make use of university resources.

It can be overwhelming to be bombarded with thousands of books, e-books, online journals and other resources while completing your assignments. Surely, it can be confusing and time consuming in the beginning. It took me two years to get familiar with the library search engine and I wish I knew how to make use of these resources earlier!

My top tip for you to attract top marks in your works while being time efficient will be to attend some of the workshops offered by the librarians at university. Trust me, even just talking to the staff at your school library about your problems can make a huge difference when it comes to mastering your library searching skills. You will be amazed by their practical guidance and tips to ace your assignments.

Hopefully these strategies can help enhancing your academic performance, keep you happy, and reduce health problems!

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