It’s nearing the end of November and that means, at least in the Humanities, that all your deadlines creep up on you at once! We’ve all experienced maybe being a little unprepared for this so here are a few tips on how to avoid it this year.
Firstly, always keep track of when all your coursework is due. Literally from the moment this information is released, make a note of it either digitally or on a post-it or however works for you – just make sure you can easily check at any time when your next piece of coursework is due! This way you’ll never have that awful feeling of “wait…I feel like I’m meant to be doing something important…”
Next, I recommend starting your coursework, and by that I mean any form of assessment other than exams, with about 3 weeks to spare. Some people work so well under pressure but I certainly don’t! That’s why I always give myself this relatively long time to do my research, write my plan, and get the essay written.
My next tip would be making sure to have mini goals but also schedule breaks! Every day that you dedicate some time to your coursework, set yourself a mini goal. For example, today I want to reach 1000 words on one of my essays. This goal is measurable and quite easily achievable. Make sure your goals work in a similar way! But don’t forget to schedule in breaks as even just falling short of your goal is a much better outcome than feeling stressed or damaging your mental health just for a piece of coursework. Always put yourself first!
If you’re like me and have 3 essays due in within about a week of each other, this next tip will be extremely helpful. You should develop your time management skills so you know exactly what has to be done by what time, but also not giving up any of your hobbies or interests just for this. For example, when you know in advance (by following tip 1) that you have 3 essays due within a very short time, you know you have to start working on the first one maybe even earlier than mentioned in tip 2, because halfway through working on your first essay you’ll have to start working on the second one, and then again with the third. Therefore, you may end up setting multiple mini goals every day in order to make some progress on each of your essays. Along with this though, make sure to use your time wisely so you don’t end up missing out on any essential plans made previously.
Hopefully these tips will help, but in reality you can never be fully prepared for all the slip-ups and mistakes that might happen when there are so many deadlines at once! I just can’t wait to hand them all in and forget about them!