SURVIVING COLLEGE: 5 STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR {GUEST POST}

August 10, 2015

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HEY EVERYONE!


This is Alex, Brenley’s younger and cuter sister :) I am currently a rising senior in nursing school at the University of South Carolina (GO COCKS!).  
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NURSING SCHOOL HAS BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT THING I HAVE EVER DONE UP TO THIS POINT IN MY LIFE.

The early mornings in the hospital, late nights of studying and limited free time are enough to make a girl go crazy! Luckily, I (slowly, but surely) have learned how to make a difficult major like nursing a little bit easier. Those of you who are going to college, or may have children going into college, listen closely because these few tips will save you some serious time! 
 

1. FIRST OF ALL, ORGANIZATION IN COLLEGE IS HANDS-DOWN THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER.

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My personal tip for organization is to never, never, NEVER procrastinate. If you know you have a big exam on Thursday, don’t wait until Wednesday night to get your notes together.
 
Each Sunday night I go through each of my syllabus and see what I have due that week and chart them in my planner by most to least important. This way I know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. I also usually will determine about how much time each thing will take me so that I know how much time I should set apart to do the homework, study for the test, work on the project, etc. 
 
Speaking of planners, it is super important to choose a great planner that you love to use! This will make getting organized more fun and there are lots of options out there today. TheMonogrammed Life recently published a guide to help you choose! Check it out here.
 

2. MAKE LISTS!

 
It helps to make to-do lists for the week. This way you have a visual tool to keep you from forgetting to do something! I break these down by each class and then other things to get done like cleaning, bathing my dog, or picking up a birthday gift for a friend!
 
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3. NEXT, WHICH ALSO PERTAINS TO ORGANIZATION, IS MAKING SCHEDULES FOR EACH DAY INCLUDING THE TIME!

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The night before I will set apart a little bit of time, right before bed, to make my schedule for the next day. I know this sounds crazy, but I cannot sleep without doing it!   This helps get rid of any stressful thoughts such as “I can never get it all done” or “I don’t have time to study tomorrow!”

4. LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, STUDY FOR YOUR EXAMS EARLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

Now, I am definitely not one to study weeks in advance, and I also would deter people away from that as I have found that it stresses me out more than helps me out! Generally, as long as I review my notes and READ THE TEXTBOOK (again, I know it’s crazy, but DO IT!) right after I learn the topic and then study 4-5 days before the exam, I am able to do well!
 
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Photo from bwog.com 
 

5. MOST IMPORTANTLY, FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF.

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If you’re able to set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day to run, walk, have  your quiet time, read, write, sleep, or whatever it is that makes you happy, then you will feel so much better! Never forget to include your own well-being in your college experience even if it means staying up a little later that night or making a B on an exam. 
I hope this post finds you well and helps you out in college,
 

Written by alex from spoons of grace

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6 comments

  1. these are great tips! I can't wait to go back to school!
    xx,
    Allie
    allaboutaph.blogspot.com

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  2. Finding time for yourself is SO important! I enjoyed this post! I found you on bloglovin and I am glad I did! Your blog is great!

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  3. Oh, studying early and effectively is definitely a BIG one!

    Very useful stuff!


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