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Reviewing Last Semester

Reviewing Last Semester

The second semester will start soon. Today, let us do a quick review of how we did last semester, and I hope the points below will help!

• Assignment and Deadlines

How was the assignment you did last semester? Have you handed them in on time? My advice when doing assignments is to start planning as soon as you received the assignment brief. Sometimes the hardest part when doing an assignment is that you don’t know where to start. I recommend you start by writing a framework, mind map, or brief outline of what you want to talk about. This will help you to understand what topics you should research and improve the structure of your assignment.


• Engage with online lecture 

Last semester was online for most courses, and have you paid attention and engaged with your lecturers? I understand that it can be hard to focus when having online lessons and sometimes you can get distracted. However, I would say it’s essential that you take all online lectures seriously and engage with your lecturers, even if you just type in the chat bar. Next semester, treat your online lecturers as you would normal face-to-face ones! Try to ask questions and have a chat with your coursemates!


• Time management 

I would say time management is a vital part of your uni life. With online lectures, we get to have more time as we would normally do; however, how you spend the time is totally up to you. Of course, you can spend the whole day procrastinating, but why not make good use of it? Make a timetable for yourself, find out when is your most productive time. Plan a couple of hours every day doing your assignment, rather than being an all-nighter when there are only a few days left to your deadline…


• Taking care of yourself 

It’s a challenging time right now, and you should take care of both your physical AND mental health. Do a bit of exercise every day, if you don’t have the habit, start with a short time, then increase slowly. For example, start with 5 or 10 minutes on day one and add one minute every day. Eventually, you’ll find yourself doing a whole hour without noticing! This will help you to build up a routine easier.

Besides physical health, I cannot stress enough how important your mental health is. Our mental health or emotions can change and get worse quickly. If you feel stressed, depressed, anxious, or lonely or if you need advice, support, or just want someone to talk to, please do not feel embarrassed, and do not hesitate to call someone / ask for help. I understand that it might be difficult to talk about it at first, but remember, it is absolutely fine to ask for help. Start by looking for someone you trust, e.g. family or friends; or sometimes it may be easier to talk to someone who is out of your social circle and professionals like at UCB


See you next week~

Hoi Yan

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