So recently I got accepted into Kings College London to study Human Biology (the actual degree name is hella long) this September and let me tell you, this has to be the biggest blessing to ever happen to me because I’m am definitely not the smartest student. I’m not saying this to be modest, I’m saying this because I experienced three years of failing my A-levels.
Now you’re probably thinking – “if you failed your A-levels … how did you get into Kings?” So long story short. I went to the University of Greenwich and completed a foundation year and transferred on to the first year of Anatomy, Developmental and Human Biology BSc.
There were many factors why or how I failed my A-levels, but if I were to sum it up into three bullet points it would be:
- lack of organisation
- lack of preparation
- lack of motivation
It took me 2 years to recognise my faults. I could blame teachers, I could blame the education system, I could blame my anyone and everyone but at the end of the day, I could only blame myself due to to the three reasons above.
Now, this isn’t going to be some blog post about how to magically pass your exams or how to best the student of your class. This is a blog post about how to be the best version of your self as a student whether you’re at university or currently doing A-levels.
1. Do not underestimate your work load.
I cannot stress this enough. Do not leave things last minute.
Start your assignments the day you get them, this doesn’t have to include physically writing it out, this could be reading over the actual question and creating a small plan on what to write about.
2. Have a balance.
If you work hard, create time to cool off. If you have studied all week (this excludes lecture times), have a day to yourself where you hang out with friends and just relax and not think about all the work you have to do. Your brain is a muscle, it needs days off too.
Don’t over work yourself. Revising for a solid 1 hour is better than 3 hours of half ass revision. It’s more effective and time efficient. After a solid hour of revision or work, take a 15-minute break and then start again.
Keep your phone on night mode so you won’t be distracted by texts. I use this app called “Forest” which is basically a timer on my phone and the longer I study, the bigger the tree grows. It’s really cute and is a great way to stay off your phone because if you click on any social media app, the tree dies and you have to start again.
3. Diet, Exercise and Sleep.
Feed your brain the right foods! Great foods for the brain are blueberries, salmon, nuts and avocados.
Exercising helps your body produce endorphins, endorphins make you happy. A happy you is a less stressed you.
Red Bull is great. Coffee is amazing. But sleep is the best, sleep helps to consolidate the information you have learnt.
4. Daily To do lists
To do lists saved my life! Visually seeing what you have to complete keeps you motivated and more focused and also helps to you to stay on top of your deadlines.
5. Turn up to your lessons/lectures.
I’m an absolute hypocrite when I say this but I’m not perfect!
“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”
It’s okay to fail, but don’t put yourself down, don’t give up or sulk. Brush it off, look at yourself and create a change within yourself. Keep trying until you get it right.
Hope this was helpful!
If you have better tips, please do share