Work-Life Balance: 101
I have had a couple of jam-packed weeks recently with submission deadlines, tests and seminars, and I thought it would be a good idea to unwind by writing a blog about how I cope with all things academic.
It is important to realise that when you are a Master’s student the workload is greater and everything is fast-paced. With blended teaching as the new normal, one must not lose focus on what is important. I have put together my top five tips for coping with academics and creating a balance between studies and personal life.
It is imperative to be consistent with work and studies to avoid lagging. This is the key to avoid rushing at the last hour. It is always better to start work early and do small portions of it each day rather than cramming it all in one night. Speaking from personal experience, I had to submit a 2500-word essay and I started working on it early and spent about an hour each day researching. The word count does not seem much if you work on it daily.
- Check your upcoming schedule
The best way to stay on track is by knowing your schedule for the week. There are a few ways to do this. The first is by regularly checking the My Warwick app, it will show you your upcoming lectures or any events that you may want to attend. The other way is by regularly checking Moodle and Tabula for any assignment deadlines. There is a small calendar on Moodle which shows when what type of assignment is due and it comes in handy when you want to plan your week.
- Take formative submissions seriously
Formative essays and in-class presentations do not add to the total grade but are an effective way of preparing for a particular type of assignment. Feedback given for formative assignments gives you a direction in which you should work towards the summative assignments. For essays in particular, citations and referencing can be tricky and practice in the form of a formative essay is a perfect way to start.
- Don’t shy away from asking doubts
With some lectures being held online due to blended learning, it can be tricky to clarify all doubts or have as much interaction as one would with a face-to-face lecture. This makes it all the more necessary to ask whatever doubts one may have. This can be done by either contacting the professors by mail or teams if it is related to academics. If it is a more general question you have, there are channels on teams where you can drop in your question or you can also mail the respective people. The team of Life Sciences at Warwick is extremely helpful and you will always get the answers to all your doubts.
- Take a chill pill
It is always important to unwind (like I am by writing this blog :D). Never let go of your hobbies because those will keep you going in tough times. Sometimes it is best to sit back, relax, enjoy and live in the moment because university life won’t come twice!
So, these are the ways I like to be productive and have time for myself too. I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog and had something to take back from it.