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Wed May 12, 2010 5:25 pm
I don't know if this is the right place for this, but it is to do with study.
As some of you may have guessed, I have struggled more than I expected this year. I genuinely do not believe this is to do with my overall intelligence or ability to understand the subject in hand. I have encountered all sorts of organisational, motivational, social, and even physical problems which I could probably have avoided. That's why I'm setting myself some goals for next year to make things easier for myself. I'm posting them here because A) they may be useful to people starting out going to university and stop them doing what I did, and B) It might be useful to get some advice on adding to and altering them to be both realistic and helpful.
Goals for the summer
1) Plan my first week as thoroughly as possible.
One of the reasons I didn't do so well in the first term is because I was behind from the beginning. If I set aside time on the Monday to sort out my timetable in advanced, I won’t still be worrying about it the following Thursday.
2) Get fitter.
I'm not sure for certain if it will help, but I found that even though I am on an academic course my body has struggled to keep up with the demands I have been making of it. Working quite long hours and staying up late sometimes is unavoidable, and I underestimated how much of a toll it would take. I've been exhausted for most of the year, and I want to go back better able to physically cope with the course.
3) Review the first year.
Not touching the A level syllabus for the whole of the holidays did nothing for either my study skills or my background knowledge.
4) Work on my self confidence.
I need to get my head around the idea that something that wouldn’t make anyone else a bad person doesn’t make me one either, especially refusing to give support when I know I can barely cope with my own issues at the time. I need to stop accepting invites to events I don’t have time for because I feel I’ll be judged if I say no too. Also there are social reasons for needing more confidence, I think I have missed out on allot because of my refusal to invite others to do things.
5) Refuse to be bullied into eating my family’s diet.
I don’t have time to worry about my weight, and I find it easier to accept that I’m meant to have a figure I maintain on fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, rice, and a wide variety of protein sources then I do to accept the one that is maintained by sugar, fat, and red meat. It doesn’t matter if there is only a negligible quantitative difference, one feels like I am the way Nature/God/Whatever wanted me to be, and the other feels like a symbol of laziness and gluttony.
Goals for the Year
1) Establish a routine
I avoided doing this before because I feel OK without a routine but I get jumpy if I have a routine and it is disrupted. The physics department has a habit of last minute rescheduling. However, I’ve come to realise I can’t organise myself without one, so I’ll just have to try and deal with it being rearranged when it has to be.
2) Socialise more when things are quiet
So I don’t end up wasting time feeling lonely and ringing my Mum twice a day when things are hectic.
3) Join more sports clubs.
For the same reason I want to get fit over summer. I’m not good at self directed exercise. I’d like to be doing non-contact sports 3 – 4 times a week including the twice I’m already doing.
4) Ensure I get support at the beginning of term
I let things get on top of me that wouldn’t have if I’d have pushed for support earlier
5) Get up earlier
So I am actually awake during the first lecture of the day. Also, I need to be in a nice deep sleep rather than a shallow one by the time the 11-4 drunken chorus begins.
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:34 pm
Well, now I'm repeating the first year, which makes matters more difficult and easier in different ways. My success over the summer has been mixed.
1) I can't plan my first week yet because first years don't get their timetables until they arrive.
2) By the time I stopped studying for resits, it was time to get ready to leave, so I didn't have much time to get fit around catching up on life here.
3) I have most definately spent time reviewing problem areas from the first year.
4) My self confidence has improved somewhat over the summer. I know what to expect from the course so I should be able to deal with it, and I feel more likable for some reason.
5) My parents have given up cooking for my brother, so their diet is different from my usual one but it doesn't make me feel ill or guilty.
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:08 pm
*hugs* I hope ypur second first-year is better and you get more support.