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How to cope with the week five freak-out

Thursday, 30 August 2012


We all know the feeling – it seems like uni only started a few weeks ago and suddenly everything’s piling up. 

Never fear! The Faculty of Business and Law is here. We have prepared a handy action plan to help you turn it all around fast:

  • Remove all distractions. This pile-up will never be completed unless you turn off the TV, put your phone on silent, and log off Facebook. 
  • Prioritise. Lists are underrated and so are highlighters. Make a list of everything you have to do and then pick up some red, orange and green highlighters. Work on the traffic light system –red if they must be done right now, orange if they are not so critical, and green for items which would be nice to do if time permits. Don’t forget to cross off the items – that’s the really satisfying bit.
  • Time yourself. This will help you to be disciplined and not get distracted. If you know you’ve only got a set amount of time to do a set amount of tasks, you can break your time up accordingly. Set a timer and go! It can be really motivating to try and finish something before the buzzer goes off.
  • Work smart. If you don’t have time to finish items before the buzzer sounds, move on if all the items are of equal priority. When it comes down to it, it’s usually better to get a pass or a credit for everything rather than a high distinction for two things and a fail mark for the other two. Ideally, you’ll be able to put in your best effort for everything.
  • Eat, drink and rest. Fuel that brain of yours and reward it for all its hard work by taking short breaks to eat, drink and rest. Short breaks will prevent you from completely burning out, or from getting a headache from not drinking enough water.
  • Seek help.  If you’re doing all you can but still struggling then get some outside help. If you don’t understand the assignment or task, speak up - contact your lecturer or tutor and get some clarity. If you think you need help with your skills, visit the Academic Skills Centre, or attend one of their many free workshops on topics such as referencing, writing, and presenting.
For more information on study skills, visit the Faculty of Business and Law Academic Skills Centre in Building 2 at Joondalup, or Building 10 at Mount Lawley. You can also access their workshop timetables online by logging in to the FBL Academic Skills Centre Blackboard page under My Communities.

Faculty of Business and Law Academic Skills Centre
Phone: 134 ECU (134 328)


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