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How to be a Student - Input Desired :) Answered

Hallo Everyone Looking to make my first Instructable, and I thought I'd do a collection of useful things on how to be a successful student, aimed at first-years in British Universities. My aim is maybe to publish some of these in our Uni's magazine eventually. So in the name of writing a quality Instructable I thought I'd ask for any hints you guys might have for everything to do with Uni: work, lifestyle, finances, anything you can think of. Thanks for your help guys! Mister Tumbles

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

How about dealing with alcohol?

Many students get unrestricted access to booze for the first time at the same time as they are freed from parental supervision.

Quite a few first years get carried away. Looks innocent

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 13 years ago

Many students get unrestricted access to booze for the first time at the same time as they are freed from parental supervision.

I blame the parents :p Less restriction while supervised allows younger adults to grow up more slowly rather than all at once - this applies to more than just booze too. Let them get over the novelty so that when it's time to live unsupervised, they're not getting over every novelty the first semester of college...

My first roommate was one of those people. He just never went to bed! He had pretty early curfew at home that lasted until he left for school.

Of course, that's my opinion - worth every penny you paid for it :D

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I think it is pretty dead on, too. Although I had a few of those "epiphanies" myself (or maybe "growth spurt overloads" might be a better phrase). Thankfully for me they didn't last long, and I learned from the fast.

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mister_tumbles
mister_tumbles

Reply 13 years ago

Our fresher's week over here in the UK helps a lot of students get over that 'WOO I'M FREE' sentiment to student life. You tend to get it out of your system in the first 2 or 3 weeks really, then you settle down and do it as little or as often as you will for the rest of your life generally. Of course there's always those that don't know when to stop, but I intend to help them with this Instrctable too. Not in a 'kick the habit' kind of way - I'm in no position - just general stuff to make everything else that bit easier.

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

reads kitmans post. raises eybrow. wonders what happend, and how much his students would pay for the story

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

13 years ago

My friend has that T-shirt... My suggestion would be about getting freshers through their first few weeks in one piece, though an instructable about dealing with workload and partying at the same time would probably benefit alot of students..

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mister_tumbles
mister_tumbles

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah I'm aiming to do something that doesn't categorically state that they must have no fun and do all their work. There's gonna be tips on managing workloads and stuff, and making household work easier and less time-consuming. Haven't really got any advice for the social side myself, so anything about that would be hot. Cheers for the help so far everyone!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

On the domestic side of things (dishes, room neatness, etc) it seems to be a rule of thumb that there is no time like the present. If you eat out or in a cafeteria, this is less applicable, but if you eat in, and must do your own dishes, now is a good time. Immediately after eating. Reason? They will wash up in seconds. Leave them set for an hour, and you have a real JOB on your hands. Would you rather take 5 minutes and do them or a half hour or more ? This applies to neatness too. If you use something, put it back in it's place after finishing up with it. You WILL know where it is at next time you need it. If you set it down, and then put other thing "on it" you will find yourself constantly wasting time looking for things that would have taken you 10 seconds to put away in the first place. Believe me, this kind of thinking will give you a lot more leisure time than you can imagine.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 13 years ago

Ummm I think referring to a few other instructables for the partying side of it, the big part is knowing when to quit working and go out and vice versa, I myself am not a uni student yet just know a hell of alot of them...