Blog: Mastering a good work, life, study balance at University

Written by Student Content Shaper Savannah Arban

We’ve all heard about the importance of maintaining a good work, social and study life whilst at university, but let’s face it, it’s easier said than done! As a third-year Psychology student here at UoB, I understand the initial stress that comes with juggling multiple responsibilities. 

Finding the balance as a university student is not easy. I soon realised the key was acknowledging the initial stress and accepting that it’s a normal part of the process. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, anyone would be trying to juggle everything, but don’t let it discourage you from finding a balance that works for you.

So, let me take you on a journey sharing my own experiences and tips that have helped me achieve a somewhat harmonious balance:

Tip 1 – Prioritise and plan

To conquer the chaos, I learned the importance of prioritising tasks. Break down tasks into manageable chunks and create a to do list to stay organised and focused. Small steps lead to big accomplishments.

Tip 2 – Embrace time management

Say goodbye to procrastination and hello to setting deadlines! Set yourself realistic deadlines to help you work towards finishing your tasks. Use productivity apps such as Goodnotes, To-do list, Calendars, and minimise distraction. Manage your time wisely.

Tip 3 – Embrace flexibility

While having a schedule is important, it’s equally crucial to embrace flexibility. Unexpected events or opportunities may arise and being rigid with your plans can add unnecessary stress. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

Tip 4 – Quality over quantity

Study smart, not hard. Understand the key concepts and engage in active learning techniques like group discussions and online resources.

Tip 5 – Embrace “me” time

Take breaks and recharge. Pursue hobbies, go for walks, and indulge in guilt-free relaxation. Remember, self-care is crucial for your health and wellbeing. You could even find flexible work whilst at University, like being a Student Content Shaper, that fits around your studies via Worklink, the University’s internal recruitment agency. This way you can take some time out of studies and socialising to earn some money but when the timing suits you!

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Tip 6 – Seek support and collaboration

Build a support network. Remember you’re not alone during your time at UoB. Form study groups, seek guidance from professors and lecturers and utilise the many support services available.

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Finding balance at university may seem challenging, but with a little planning, time management, smart studying, self-care and support, it’s within reach. Enjoy the journey, it only happens once and learn from it all. You’ve got this! 


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