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Cooking
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Anything that you can think of please post below
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Stay away from Uber eats/deliveroo as much as you can. It all adds up and costs quite a bit
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When it comes to studying, keep going until you reach the top. This is what I did when I don't feel like doing college, and I ended up passing with flying colours.
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Money
Cooking
Socialising
Study tips
Anything that you can think of please post below
Hi! ENUOfficial

MONEY
Budget for each month - sometimes it helps if you withdraw this cash out each month and don't use your card, so you can physically see what money you have left. You don't have to for the whole year but does help at first put money into perspective.
Before you go to uni, go shopping with your parents to see how much they spend on a shop. Or do your own food shop etc for the week so you can practice this budgeting.
If you share a house, an app called 'Splitwise' is really helpful. It automatically splits household costs between you and your housemates, so you don't lose track of who paid what.

COOKING
Meal plan - so you know what to buy and when. Also saves food going to waste
Food prep one day if you bored in the week. Maybe cook a few meals that you can freeze, so all you have to do is shove it in the oven. Or cut your veg and divide the food up ready for it to be cooked straight away, which will save you time.

SOCIALISING
Join a society! This is one of the best ways to meet new people. Even if you've never tried the sport, societies are very welcoming and older students introduce you more personally to the uni.
if you get asked to go to a social/pres by someone and you don't really know anyone, go if you can. Most people are in the same situation as you and don't know anyone either. They clearly would like you to go and are willing to make friends.
At the start, if you meet new people offer to go shopping or something with them, even if it just for food.
With your flat go and introduce yourself to your neighbours - maybe offer to have drinks or something with them.
Keep your bedroom door open when you move in, as this can seem more friendly for your flatmates.
Explore your uni/city with your flatmates. This can be really good for bonding and familiarising yourself in new surroundings.

STUDYING
Keep your workspace separate from your social space - helps to go to the library to work, rather than your kitchen or bedroom
Always ask for help with study tips. If you feel you want to improve but don't know how your tutor can always look at your work to figure this out with you, it's what they're there for.
In class don't be afraid to speak- you actually learn less by doing this.

I hope this helps!
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When it comes to studying, keep going until you reach the top. This is what I did when I don't feel like doing college, and I ended up passing with flying colours.
How do you stay motivated?
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How do you stay motivated?
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I usually write out a timetable for each week. A bit like you would at school to help me keep on track and to make sure I'm studying enough hours (40 hours per week roughly). Do remember though to include social activities on this, as you can be as flexible as you like.
You find reasonably cheap weekly timetables online (Amazon).

I hope this helps!
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Hi! Hama31

I usually write out a timetable for each week. A bit like you would at school to help me keep on track and to make sure I'm studying enough hours (40 hours per week roughly). Do remember though to include social activities on this, as you can be as flexible as you like.
You find reasonably cheap weekly timetables online (Amazon).

I hope this helps!
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Thanks Chloe!
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How do you stay motivated?
I treated college like a rite of passage that I need to complete to earn social approval.
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Stay away from Uber eats/deliveroo as much as you can. It all adds up and costs quite a bit
It's really good to support the restaurant directly if you are going to eat out but this is a great time to get creative in the kitchen with what you have available
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When it comes to studying, keep going until you reach the top. This is what I did when I don't feel like doing college, and I ended up passing with flying colours.
Absolutely agree with this! And when you're stuck don't forget to reach out to your uni for Academic and study skills for more help, there should be a lot of support available
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Study Tip: Don't waste time with so called life hacks, just get on and do the work. Too many people try to life hack their way out of doing the hard work, if you just get on and do the work it gets done.
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Hi! ENUOfficial

MONEY
Budget for each month - sometimes it helps if you withdraw this cash out each month and don't use your card, so you can physically see what money you have left. You don't have to for the whole year but does help at first put money into perspective.
Before you go to uni, go shopping with your parents to see how much they spend on a shop. Or do your own food shop etc for the week so you can practice this budgeting.
If you share a house, an app called 'Splitwise' is really helpful. It automatically splits household costs between you and your housemates, so you don't lose track of who paid what.

COOKING
Meal plan - so you know what to buy and when. Also saves food going to waste
Food prep one day if you bored in the week. Maybe cook a few meals that you can freeze, so all you have to do is shove it in the oven. Or cut your veg and divide the food up ready for it to be cooked straight away, which will save you time.

SOCIALISING
Join a society! This is one of the best ways to meet new people. Even if you've never tried the sport, societies are very welcoming and older students introduce you more personally to the uni.
if you get asked to go to a social/pres by someone and you don't really know anyone, go if you can. Most people are in the same situation as you and don't know anyone either. They clearly would like you to go and are willing to make friends.
At the start, if you meet new people offer to go shopping or something with them, even if it just for food.
With your flat go and introduce yourself to your neighbours - maybe offer to have drinks or something with them.
Keep your bedroom door open when you move in, as this can seem more friendly for your flatmates.
Explore your uni/city with your flatmates. This can be really good for bonding and familiarising yourself in new surroundings.

STUDYING
Keep your workspace separate from your social space - helps to go to the library to work, rather than your kitchen or bedroom
Always ask for help with study tips. If you feel you want to improve but don't know how your tutor can always look at your work to figure this out with you, it's what they're there for.
In class don't be afraid to speak- you actually learn less by doing this.

I hope this helps!
Chloe - Official Student Rep
Brilliant advice Chloe! Especially love the part about keeping your workspace separate from your social space! Super important right now while all based at home!
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