You are more likely to face a huge challenge if you do not plan to manage your schedules well enough on university campus, especially as a fresher.
The planning process for your first semester should start early. Be ready to revise your initial plan as frequently as required. To begin the process of planning for your first semester, you must ask yourself the following questions.
Most courses will have a workload of several hundreds of hours each semester. This is a workload of approximately 10-12 hours weekly and includes lectures and tutorials.
To plan for the semester effectively, you will need to include academic and non-academic commitments (e.g. family, social activities, etc) in your daily schedule. Be sure to meet with an academic counselor or a friend if you need help planning your schedule.
To know your academic commitments, use the course outline you are given upon registration, orientation materials and lecture schedules to help answer the following questions.
At the university, your life is not all about your academics, so it is important to carefully reflect on what your other commitments will be. Some will be regular (e.g. weekend laundry and general cleaning, time with family, friends and religious activities), while others may occur only once or twice in a semester (e.g. hall week and sporting events). Allocate time for these in your weekly schedule. Don’t forget to allow time for rest, fun and refreshment.
Enjoy your time at uni, each day can be a tasking one.
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