Almost there: An academic audit [Guide]

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You’re either halfway or more than halfway through your first semester in university. Here are a few things you should audit to make sure you are all geared up for the coming weeks!

Are you good with deadlines? 

This is a great time to check if you are managing your deadlines well enough. Have you been submitting your work on time? Or do you find yourself struggling until the very last minute? Have you been asking for an extension more than you need to? Ask yourself these critical questions and adjust your time management skills where needed.

Do you struggle with academic writing?

Academic writing is not something that you are born with. It is an acquired skill that gets better the more you practice it. If you have been getting a grade range that you are not satisfied with, book an appointment with me and we can make you improve your academic writing straight away!

How’s your self-discipline and time management skill?

Do you procrastinate? Do you feel tired all the time from seemingly doing everything but nothing gets completed on time? If that is the case, then you might want to look into your overall schedule and time management strategy. Ask yourself questions such as: ‘am I a morning or an evening person?’/ ‘when am I the most productive?’ etc. If you are a serial procrastinator, use the Pomodoro technique that we’ve talked about before. This will regulate your time and allow better use of your time too!

Do you understand what your course is trying to teach you?

This is a good midway point to ask yourself if you truly understand what your course is trying to help you achieve. You should know all the courses’ expectations at this point, and if you don’t, then you should act on it as soon as you can. If you want to do well in any course, you need to first understand what they are trying to teach you.

Are you looking after yourself well enough? Both mentally and physically?

An important aspect of tertiary learning is to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. Since you are almost halfway now, you should check on yourself and your emotional wellbeing, as well as your physical wellbeing. If you feel stressed out or burnt out, talk to your uni’s counsellor or a friend. Try to eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly to keep your mind focused and sharp! All these seemingly commonsensical things are vital to your success!