Keeping the balance: social and academic success

One of the hardest aspects of university life is learning to juggle social and academic responsibilities. Sure, you’re here to learn, to study and to ultimately gain a degree in your chosen subject area – however, you also have the exciting opportunity to meet lots of new people who could prove valuable contacts later in life.

How do you make sure that you enjoy the social aspects of university life without it damaging your ability to study? After all, you’re here to get a degree.

Plan in advance

The best piece of advice we can offer any new student is to plan ahead. It might sound simple, but knowing when assessments are due and exams are scheduled will allow you to successfully juggle your academic and social commitments.

Routines are good

A schedule will help you establish a routine, which will help you to succeed in your chosen subject area without affecting your ability to spend time with your new friends, play sports, take trips to the cinema or enjoy the nightlife.

By incorporating set study times into your routine, you can set aside important time for extra reading; getting to grips with the harder aspects of your course and planning assignments well in advance.

Reward yourself

It’s true that you’re here to learn and to study, but remember to set some time aside to reward yourself for all of your hard work. It’s good to have time to unwind, so that you can come back to your studies refreshed and raring to go.

Sociable learning

You can study and be sociable simultaneously either by joining an existing study group or by creating your own. This is a great way to meet people from your course while expanding your understanding.

It’s great to study with other people, as they are likely to have a different perspective to you which might prove very useful.

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to set aside time for studying and for completing assignments. Likewise, it is also important to remember that there is more to university life than your course, so jump in and enjoy the social aspects of university life here at Loughborough University. If you start to struggle, take advantage of the student support services which are designed to give you the support you need; even if you just need someone to talk to.