How I manage my studies and extra-curricular activities

09 February 2024

Undergraduate student Tiffany Tamdoc offers her advice on effectively managing both academic commitments and extra-curricular pursuits.

When you step onto the Warwick campus you're greeted by a whirlwind of opportunities. Student Unions, societies, sports teams, case competitions, and volunteering projects – the list is endless. These extra-curricular activities are like gems, offering personal growth opportunities that will shape your future. However, let's be honest, finding that sweet spot between your studies and these activities can feel daunting.

But fret not! You're not alone in this journey. Like you and me, many students struggle to balance their academic pursuits and their involvement in extracurricular endeavours. Sometimes, those significant roles in Student Societies might seem like an additional degree on your plate.

In this blog, we're delving deep into mastering this delicate balancing act. We'll uncover the secrets to optimising your university experience by harmonising your studies with your extracurricular passions.

1. Studies Come First

  • Let's remember why you're here: to learn and grow. Your grades do matter and they often make an impression on future employers.
  • Stay on top of your academics: Falling behind on lectures and seminars is a slippery slope. The longer you wait, the tougher it becomes to catch up. Make attending classes and keeping up with assignments your top priority.

2. Choose our extra-curricular activities wisely

  • Those activities add sparkle to your university years. But here's the catch: you have limited time and energy to spare, so choose wisely.
  • Know your limits: You're not a superhero; even they need a break now and then. Be realistic about how many activities you can take on. Overcommitting can lead to burnout, and nobody wants that.
  • Quality over quantity: Instead of spreading yourself thin by joining every club or organisation on campus, focus on those that ignite your passion and align with your goals. Being deeply involved in a few activities will bring you more joy and fulfilment.
  • Learn to say no: Don't hesitate to decline commitments that might overshadow your studies or drain your energy. Prioritise your academic journey and your well-being.

3. Make a Calendar

  • It's essential to have a system for tracking both your academic and extra-curricular commitments. Missing submissions and deadlines for your studies or skipping society events isn't ideal.
  • My Lifesaver: I find Google Calendar very helpful. It can sync with your university's scheduling tools (Tabula and WBS), ensuring your classes are always at your fingertips. Plus, you can sync multiple Google accounts' calendars for added convenience.

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4. Prioritise and Plan

  • Now, let's dive into the fine art of planning – a skill that will make your adventure more rewarding.
  • Plan: Take some time each week to plan your schedule. Knowing what's ahead allows you to allocate time for studies and activities.
  • Identify tasks: Determine what is most important to you, whether they relate to your studies or interests. Prioritise these tasks and tackle them when your energy and focus peak.
  • Self-care matters: Don't neglect self-care. Ensure you get enough rest, incorporate regular exercise into your routine, and maintain a healthy diet. These habits are the fuel that keeps your adventure engine running smoothly.

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By following these strategies and maintaining a healthy balance between your studies and extra-curricular activities, you can make the most of your university experience. Remember, it's not about doing everything but the right things that resonate with your goals and values!