Arguably, my week starts on a Sunday, as on Sunday afternoon I love to sit down with a cuppa and plan my week out. This includes making sure I get a balance between my two subjects.
First, I look at my timetable to note down all my lectures and seminars. Then I note down any assignments I have for that week, or those I want to complete for that week, as well as any seminar prep I have to do. It's so important to also schedule in some relaxation – non-uni time – which I will talk more about later.
Other than lectures and seminars, I make sure I spend equal time on both of my subjects. To guarantee I can achieve this, I set out on which days I will study for each module – trust me, it's worth going over content as you go, as it makes exams and assignments so much easier.
Additionally, it is also important that you are able to make links and comparisons between your modules, as quite often knowledge from one module will work as background knowledge or additional knowledge for another.
Now, this may sound rather contradictory to what I just said, but you have to make sure you don’t confuse or muddle any modules together, as I found quite often modules used the same word to describe different concepts. This became especially relevant for me as my two subjects, English Language and Linguistics, are very similar.
Everyone always bangs on about making sure you relax, and look after your mental health and wellness. This to me sometimes seemed impossible to balance studying, socialising AND wellness. And, to be completely honest, I hadn’t figured out how to do this till very recently. The key for me is to know when to stop. Stop working, and maybe even take a break from doing social things to have some time alone to watch Netflix or read a novel! And, I know this sounds cliché, but to get to bed at a reasonable time and not spend three hours on TikTok every night. Makes it so much easier to get up for those 9ams!
The only work I tend to do on Saturdays (and sometimes Sundays) is extra reading, as it doesn’t have as much pressure around it. This is either extra reading recommended by lecturers, or general linguistic readings in topics that particularly interest me.
However, it is so easy to prioritise the topics or modules that you like the most – this not only applies to reading but to general studying. To combat this, I worked out that (if it worked with seminar timetabling) I had to do all the work for my least favourite module first before completing the more enjoyable ones. This meant that I was more on top of things, which is especially helpful towards the end of term. Especially the end of Autumn Term, which gets very, very hectic with Christmas!!
And of course, Saturday is the perfect time to get out into the beautiful city of York with your friends, and enjoy the amazing coffee shops and bars the city has to offer.
Thanks for reading!