Hey hey friends
Welp, I’ve started my second year of university today. I’m excited and not excited at the same time. Love that for me. Wishing all of my other fellow
and struggling students out there the best of luck.
Anyways, in honour of that, I thought I’d revamp a post I made about 2 years ago. You can click here to check that one out if you’d like, though I don’t want to scar your eyes so maybe don’t. This one is much better haha.
Now, I am aware that in the northern hemisphere, schools have already started. So I guess whoops but I’m always late so it’s not unexpected. I’ve put together a list of tips that I, myself, have used in the past to help manage my studies and reading.
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert and I definitely do not have everything figured out. I’m still not great at time management so do with that information what you will. Also, keep in mind that this advice is what I personally have found useful and it may not work for you.
Are you a student? Are you struggling to make time to read? Or is your daily life just far too busy? Then this post is for YOU!
Hope you enjoyed that infomercial lmao. I’ll never curse your eyes like that again.
My academic history
I’m a very slow reader. I can be fast if I want to be but when I’m juggling various other things, reading doesn’t always take first priority for me.
I only recently graduated high school and somehow managed to stick to a great reading schedule during that time. And though my reading was kind of a mess last year, I am a university student so I do have ~some~ tips. This post will mostly be helpful for students who are at home a lot, as keep in mind that I attended a small high school and my first year of uni has (and still is) online.
Idk maybe this post is a waste but I hope at least one person will find it useful.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Managing studying & school
I’m dividing this post into different sections as I have some tips that are not only for students. Though this specific section consists of tips for STUDENTS specifically.
Also, we love to LOOK organised ahaha
Stay organised and be on top of your studies
Personally, my biggest struggle when it comes to studying, running this blog and also reading is never finding a good balance. One would always overpower the other. Which is sometimes very necessary. But I think the key to maintaining this balance is to stay on top of your schoolwork. You need to make sure you are aware of all your assignments and essays, because if you have that under control and you aren’t stressed about your studies, then finding time to read shouldn’t be too difficult.
Don’t procrastinate and put off your assignments
Hello to my biggest struggle that still curses me. So yes, I am being extremely hypocritical here but bear with me. It is a problem I am working on every day okay. Don’t judge me.
This may sound cheesy but I am a complete goody-two-shoes student and when it comes to handing in assignments on time, I get extremely anxious. I CANNOT just sit back and hand in work late. However, that does not stop me from leaving assignments to perhaps the last minute. So don’t do that. It’s always better to try and have your assignments complete before the due date. Especially when they start to pile up.
Prioritise your studies above reading
This may be obvious but it’s easy to become swept up with reading and content creation and you start to treat it like a job. Which you should but you also need to know when to stop. It isn’t your whole life and you can take a step back. I sound like a therapist but I do want to reiterate that you are allowed to take breaks. Your followers
(and books) won’t mind. It’s just an account. Reading is for fun, there’s no pressure.
Reading with a busy schedule
This next section is not a list of unique tips or anything. In fact, you’ve most likely already heard them but they’re useful for a reason. They could also be applied to all readers, not just students.
I should use them more often oops.
Carry a book with you everywhere
This is probably my most useful tip as you really don’t have to do much and it is a total lifesaver. I always have a book on me when I go out. Now, you probably will hardly get time to actually pick up your book, but you honestly never know. But if you’re waiting in the car, have time before class or while you eat lunch or literally ANYTHING, then pick up your book. You’ll be surprised how many pages you can squeeze in.
I have a couple of book sleeves to put my books into my bag and highly recommend you get one of those also!
Make use of audiobooks
Now, this one I’ve been working on as I haven’t had the best schedule for squeezing in listening time. Kinda silly to mention this after my previous tip but I find it hard to listen to ONLY 15 minutes and that’s it for the rest of the day. I tend to forget that small amount of the book haha. So the best time to listen to audiobooks is when I’m doing chores and when I’d be driving around (back on campus).
But agh AUDIOBOOKS are so so great! Some not as great as others but I’ve found some phenomenal ones. Some have even made the reading experience BETTER in my experience. We’re also not ableists in this household thank you very much.
Here’s a list of the platforms I use to listen to audiobooks:
Read before bed
I mayhaps have a rather late sleeping schedule as I’m a night owl, so I tend to fall asleep after a few pages. But you know, I at least read a few pages lmao. Squeezing in a couple of pages before you catch your beauty sleep is not going to harm anyone.
No, I’m serious. I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t do this but I’m still alive so I think we’ll be fine. Reading before bed depends on your schedule so some read for 15 minutes, others 2 hours, it all depends. But in my experience, it calms your mind and also ensures that you don’t sit on your phone *wink wink*
Read shorter books
This one feels self-explanatory but it’s perhaps something you never realised. Now you do you, but if you’re reading murder weapons, perhaps the reason you’re never finding time to read is that it’s taking too long to finish your book. For me, reading smaller and lighter books are much easier to read during the semester and you can definitely fly through a lot faster.
Blogging with a busy schedule
I am,,, quite terrible at this part so take these two steps as Ruby’s tentative plan for 2021!!
Keep a list of ongoing ideas & drafts
You probably already have one but I thought it was worth mentioning. If you have a list of ideas (and even better: completed drafts) then having content to post will be easy-peasy. If you’re someone like me who has fallen into the bad habit of spending an entire day on content, then this is your best solution. It’s something I’ve been doing and so far so good!!
Schedule, schedule, schedule!
This tip comes along with pre-writing your posts because you obviously need to have content to schedule. But when you have some spare time, your best bet is to draft a couple of blog posts that you can either take a look at closer to when you want to post. Or if you have a larger chunk of time, schedule it right then and be done and dusted.
But oof it feels so good to schedule a blog post. I don’t get to do it often *nervous laughter*. But it shall change your blogging life, my friends!!
I started a studygram!
Before I love and leave you, I have quite the announcement! Which I’m so so excited about and I thought it was fitting to mention it here.
I have absolutely no experience with this specific Instagram community apart from browsing through super pretty accounts but I’m excited nonetheless. So yeah, I started a studygram!
I plan to keep this his account super chilled and low stress. Literally only posting when I want and when I have time. Short captions and very low maintenance, but just to just share my university life. And the hope is that it becomes motivating in a sense.
Would love for you to give me a follow, I’m over @rubyraerstudies (you love it right?!?). I’m posting my first post today and eeep I’m so chuffed with the photo. You can see a sliver of it above in my featured image <3<3
And there we have it my friends. I hope you found this helpful. I don’t know if I’m any good at advice posts so please let me know what you thought!
Before I actually love and leave you, here are some other brilliant posts to check out:
- Marie’s tips on time management as a book blogger
- Xandra’s post on surviving blogging and college
- May’s 10 pieces of blogging advice
- Sumedha’s tips of consistently blogging: part 1 and part 2
- Joel’s video on staying organised as a student
- Sofii’s post on staying motivated as a reader and blogger
- Fadwa’s Notion set-up tour post
ARE YOU A STUDENT? WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON TIME MANAGEMENT? DO YOU USE ANY OF THE ONES I MENTIONED? I’D LOVE TO KNOW!