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    I totally agree. Students, particularly liberal students, spend all their time drinking, smoking, partying, and laying in bed, and then moan that they don't have enough time to complete their work.

    Well I've got news for you, students - don't expect to be able to get away with all this once you step into the real world. You need to find a routine and find one fast, otherwise you will be screwed when you come to work a 9-5 day.
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    Well good for you :eyeball:

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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    Well, today I:

    Studied for 6 hours
    Went grocery shopping (30 mins)
    Made and ate three meals (2 hours)
    Tidied my room (15 mins)
    Met up with friends for a group study session (2 hours, part of 6 hours studying, plus 30 mins cycling to/ from the cafe)
    Went to orchestra rehearsal (3 hours)

    So, I also exercised, socialised, got stuff done, and did a decent amount of studying...

    Also, what uni are you going to/ doss course are you studying if you only need to study a couple of hours a day??? If you think about a degree as a full-time job, you should be spending a minimum of 40 hours a week on it - that's around 6 hours a day over a 7 day week. If you are genuinely passionate about your course and want top grades, add a few more hours a day of extended reading, revision, etc. So yes, you should be studying around 8 hours a day - the point of going to uni is to study, not to faff around doing laundry (why did you even list this??? It takes like 5 mins, you may as well have also listed "had a ****" and "blew my nose" lol...) and socialising all day...
    I'm not at uni yet (the barrage of A-levels are 'nothing' in comparison has been done), though I'm very sure I won't be chained to a desk while rubbish piles up around me, while I moan I have no time for friends or to do daily things.

    Some people will need to study for eight hours a day, others won't. If you're studying eight hours a day, every day of your life, you're doing it wrong.
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    Generalizing much
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    Not sure why you're hating on part-time jobs either. Bear in mind that not everyone has the ability to take a few years off before uni to work - their parents may not allow them to live at home or take most of their earnings in rent, they may have had to retake their A levels and so already be far behind other students, they may be applying for a highly mathematical degree (for which some universities highly discourage gap years), they may have a disability which makes it difficult for them to get most gap-year full time jobs (whereas uni students can also get jobs like tutoring etc. rather than more manual jobs).

    Also bear in mind how many years it would take to save up enough money to pay for your uni living costs (if you can't get much maintenance loan) - if you got a degree first then spent those extra years working in a professional/ graduate level job you'd earn a lot more money overall.

    Not everyone is in the same privileged situation you are...
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    I studied for three hours, exercised for three hours and did everything other people moan they don't have the time to do, like shopping, cleaning, laundry and making meals. What else do you want me to be doing with my day? I've exercised, socialised and done things that needed to be done. I don't need to study for eight hours a day.
    Who exactly is moaning?
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    I'm not at uni yet (the barrage of A-levels are 'nothing' in comparison has been done), though I'm very sure I won't be chained to a desk while rubbish piles up around me, while I moan I have no time for friends or to do daily things.

    Some people will need to study for eight hours a day, others won't. If you're studying eight hours a day, every day of your life, you're doing it wrong.
    So basically, you actually have no idea what you're talking about...
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    Then they should wake up early, or do stuff after work. Part-time means they're not working on hirteen hour shifts, seven days a week. Realistically they're working 12-18 hours a week at 5-8 hours a time. It's not unrealistic to be able to manage that time effectively. The ones who have caring responsibilities in the big picture are a negligible figure.
    When I had no time it was because i had a part time job, did 5 A levels, was doing volunteering, a skill and physical for dofe and extra volunteering for welsh bacc. Well i wouldve had no time but i didnt do all of that and dropped chemistry and kept physics, maths + FM and welsh bacc because im not one of those geniuses who can just pick it up straight away, but there are scenarios where people dont have time, youre just being a bit arrogant
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    When I had no time it was because i had a part time job, did 5 A levels, was doing volunteering, a skill and physical for dofe and extra volunteering for welsh bacc. Well i wouldve had no time but i didnt do all of that and dropped chemistry and kept physics, maths + FM and welsh bacc because im not one of those geniuses who can just pick it up straight away, but there are scenarios where people dont have time, youre just being a bit arrogant
    + a social life to add to this
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    Because you go to Portsmouth university? No offence, but they have it significantly easier in terms of contact hours, workload, difficulty of work. About 6 of my friends went and I'd visit often.

    And again, the maths all sounds good in practice, but in reality it's different.
    I'm not going to disagree, uni is a doddle for me, partly because the material right now is easy and partly because it's stuff I've covered or don't have trouble learning (there was no way to say I'm smart without sounding arrogant). Also in my first year. So yeah, I get by on 30 hours per week and I'm in a significantly better position than some other people.

    Again, I agree that it does sound good in theory but will be different in practice. I don't expect people to actually have hours upon hours of free time. But that doesn't mean people can't manage their time better. The numbers are really just for dramatic effect.

    There are plenty of ways people can get more free time though and it involves using your existing time better. For example, I spend 20 minutes eating breakfast. I use that time for something useful. That could be reading for class, or writing a project or whatever. Same for the 30 minutes I might spend cooking. Chuck a YouTube video on in the background and learn something. There's almost an hour of learning for uni every day without actually doing anything different.

    The 30 minutes I spend eating dinner tend to be used relaxing (watching videos usually) but again that could be used academically. It's a really simple example but that's 2 hours everyday where many people switch their brains off.

    Time spent travelling to and from classes is another good one. I luckily only have a 5 minute walk but that could easily be spent listening to something useful. If I had to get a bus or train I could work on my laptop for a bit.

    It's not difficult to find ways to better leverage your time. Like I said, right now I have 6 hours every evening and Sundays free while dedicating 30 hours to uni work. I could quite easily spend an extra 2 hours each day on uni, upping that to 44. I'd still have 4 hours free every day, not counting various little breaks. I'd still have Sunday free.

    Most people don't try to do anything about their time and that's the issue. They let little things get in the way or fail to make good use of bigger chunks.

    Ultimately we all have the same 24 hours every day. We all have slightly different situations but some people simply don't bother to make the most of it. They procrastinate and call it a problem. They spend hours on Facebook. Or TSR. They faff rather than getting things done. 99% of the time people that complain about not having time aren't helping themselves and a large majority are in those positions through their own fault.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    + a social life to add to this
    and 2 hours of commuting to and from school
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    Well good for you :eyeball:

    Sorry... I seem to have misplaced the gold stars.
    Got one.

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    (Original post by Acsel)
    I can appreciate that the female routine can take a little longer in the morning but 40 minutes drying your hair sounds absurd. I don't want to get into an argument about that since we are never going to understand each other but hair will dry naturally. Hairdryers also speed the process up. That said, if for some reason you absolutely have to spend 40 minutes on it, there's no reason why you can't use that time for something else. Read some uni material, revise something, watch a video on YouTube that advances your knowledge and so on. If you absolutely cannot avoid spending 40 minutes on your hair then use the time to do something useful as well.

    This seems to be a major issue for a lot of people. They just listen to what everyone else says rather than researching things for themselves. Taking a few years out is really not a problem and doesn't place you miles behind everyone. It is NOT a race. There's also no need to take 3 years out. Work a part time job at college to save a bit and then work full time for one year. That would give you a solid foundation to work with. I spent the standard 2 years at college, then spent an extra 2 years at college and took a gap year. I worked (mostly part time) for 4 of those years. By your standards I'm now 3 years behind my friends, who all left uni as I started. Does it matter? Not in the slightest. I can drive while they can't. I've got more work experience. I'd also say coming into uni that bit more mature has helped. There are plenty of benefits that most people simply don't consider. You've got 50 years to work on your career. Stop trying to rush your life.

    No, I agree, the student finance system for some people is a total mess. But this is something you would have known about if you'd researched before going to uni. Knowing that uni wasn't financially viable without working so much and then choosing to go anyone is arguably very irresponsible. Luckily you have the option to support yourself but by your own admission it isn't ideal. If you choose to do things you can't afford in the future you'll find yourself in debt.

    Your uni hours simply don't add up. 9-4 is 7 hours, add the 4 from earlier is 11. Unless you have Tuesdays and Wednesdays off as well you're spending a lot of time at uni, which I assume could be down to free sessions that you can't go home for or some other similar situation. At which point you have free time to use.

    I hope this doesn't sound like I'm having a go or anything, I just really can't understand why you don't have free time. If the uni is sending you out to school I'd assume that comes under the hours you need to spend on uni work each week, I may be in a similar position next year. The numbers just don't add up right now.
    That's the joy of having long thick hair i spose...If i left it naturally it literally looks like i've been dragged through a hedge backwards and I can't get a brush through it. I do creative writing and this part of the year I don't really have alot to read, it's all creative work for the next set of assignments =)

    I spose that's all down to different people, I passed my test when I was 17 so i wouldn't have been able to fill my time with that (all my friends who want to can drive and the ones that don't don't want too currently) and i worked from 16 but you can't really save alot on 4 quid an hour especially when you're paying for clothes and stuff on top, I'm on over £8 now so I try and save all of that.

    My mom used to do alot of temp work, so the amount student finance said they'd give me (Which I would've been able to live on) was different to what they actually gave me. They ended up giving me the minimum loan and took my grant off me halfway through the year (because they'd been working on all the wrong tax forms. My dad had somehow linked mine and my sisters, but she went to uni a year before me) so I ended up being assessed on the year my mom was working even though when I went to uni she wasn't. Then they refused to change it. Each year (Although our income hasn't changed) I've somehow been getting less and less loan and they've refused to sort it out or do anything about it even though i know i should be getting more.. .

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays i'm in for two hours each, then I try and squeeze in a gym session, do a bit of assignment work if I have time then I'm back to work. I spent all of my weekend doing a project for one of my classes and it's still no where near done.

    No i no you're not having a go it's fine =) I'm either working (so I can afford to live and run my car which I use for my job at uni)- After rent I get £3 to live off out of my loan, trying to get my assignments done, in classes or sleeping..don't have alot of time for much else. I've got health conditions as well so I need to get at least 8 hours of sleep otherwise my body isn't properly rested and I struggle to function for the rest of the day (This isn't just i'm a bit lazy and should have some coffee) It's genuine health issues...the medication i'm on for said health issues makes me really drowsy so I struggle getting up earlier because then I haven't had enough sleep.
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    You sound incredibly boring.
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    (Original post by IamJacksContempt)
    You sound incredibly boring.
    Whereas you sound riveting. How many hours have you spent watching stupid videos today?
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    Whereas you sound riveting. How many hours have you spent watching stupid videos today?
    How many hours have you spent 'preaching' on this.
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    What a moron. Where are your football games and hour away or your drama productions you've got to revise for? Where was your volunteering included in that? How about your music lessons or recitals? What about part time work? Oh dear me, looks like the reason you have so much time is because you don't do anything to fill it up with...
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    (Original post by _Charlotte15)
    How many hours have you spent 'preaching' on this.
    I've been exercising, reading, cleaning and listening to a podcast while 'preaching' on this.
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    Whereas you sound riveting. How many hours have you spent watching stupid videos today?
    Amazing how you were able to analyse such a thing based on absolutely nothing.

    Maybe spent 1 hour watching videos today. Rest of it was food prep, gym and having sex (without having to resort to paying for it).
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    I've been exercising, reading, cleaning and listening to a podcast while 'preaching' on this.
    Wow hats off to you.
 
 
 
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