Breaking Bad Student Habits

Bad Habits - Michael ShakeI’ve been at University for the best part of two years now and have picked up a lot of habits since I started. Some of them are good and some of them are bad – more of the latter and less of the former, but everyone (or at least every student I know) is guilty of at least a couple mentioned below. Here are some tips on breaking those bad habits…

The Snooze Button

The beloved snooze button; I use the snooze button every single day. I press it once, and then, nine minutes later I press it again… and again… and then one more time. Before I know it it’s an hour after my initial alarm and I’m left rushing around my house to make it to University on time. The solution is simple. Rather than charging your phone right next to your bed where it’s easy to simply press the button and enjoy another nine minutes in bed, charge your phone on the opposite side of the room and then in the morning you leave yourself with no choice but to get out of bed to turn it off. This way you’ll make it into your 9am lecture easily!

Leaving your assignment until the night before it’s due

I can’t say I’ve ever done this but I know a fair few people that have. Doing this doesn’t give you great grade prospects and certainly doesn’t reduce your stress levels. Of course it’s a lot easier said than done, but planning your assignments will help you make sure you know what to do and will help you make sure you allow yourself enough time to submit it on time to a great standard. It’s obvious, but very important. If you make sure you understand what you have to do for your assignment you could save yourself a mountain of books to read and thousands of words to write on the last night you have to complete it. You could always stick up notes around your bedroom, on your laptop or even your mirror to remind you that you have work to do.

Takeaways

Who knew it’d be so hard to cook proper meals?! Nobody warned me about this before I moved away from home. A lot of people find it challenging to remain healthy whilst away at University and I think this is because of convenience. If you have loads of work to do or you’re going out, often you don’t have enough time to prepare, cook and then clean up after you’ve made yourself a meal. The answer of course is a takeaway – but this isn’t good for either our budget or our waistline, so here’s a solution. Make yourself meal plans. At the beginning of every week draw up a plan of what meals you’re going to make in the upcoming week. Try and make them similar so you don’t have to buy an abundance of ingredients.  Alternatively you could make a ‘family size’ portion and then work your way through it throughout the week, steaming some vegetables to make it more nutritious. Simple.

Spending too much on a night out

Here’s one I’m definitely guilty of. Fuelled by alcohol and armed with a debit card, the results can be quite disastrous when you wake up in the morning and remember just how much money you’ve spent. This could be a big blow to your weekly budget, especially if you’re prone to it like me. The solution is obvious. Don’t take your card out, simply draw out the cash you’re allowing yourself to spend and then leave your card at home – that way you won’t wake up in the morning with an unexpected dip in finances to go with your hangover.

If you can think of anything else we’ve missed then let us know in the comments below!

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