It's a Wednesday night, you just got back home from Uni/high school and you know that you really should get started on those assignments, those labs and those quizzes. Ever since those introductory classes the work just keeps piling up.

You feel like, as soon as you frantically finish one assignment, two have taken its place. It's like Hydra, it's a never ending stream of work that leaves you curled up in the foetal position on the floor wondering where your life went wrong.

Believe me, I know this feeling (if slightly exaggerated). The feeling that even though it's only been 3 weeks you feel like you're 5 weeks behind. One thing I realised once I entered university is that it is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. In fact, in my experience, it requires much more from me than high school ever did.

But you have to realise that, it's okay to feel like this.

That's because everyone around is probably feeling the same way; you are not a hopeless cause. For every person that looks like they're acing everything in the unit, there are many more who are still trying to get to grips with what's happening. You are not the only one struggling.

The assignment onslaught never stops once it's begun. There are, however, a few ways to manage this:

  1. As Douglas Adams famously said, "Don't Panic". If you panic, you literally will feel paralysed and helpless. You feel as if there is no way out of this but, believe me, there is.
  2. Hard work is what gets you there 90% of the time. As long as you focus and keep concentrated, all those assignments will get done, as long as you put it in the effort - there's no need to be a genius.
  3. The hardest part is getting started. Once you force yourself to start the rest will come to you - and sometimes you might even feel the urge to complete it.
  4. Keep organised and prioritise; there's nothing worse than when you realise you've been working on the assignment that's due in two weeks and you haven't started on the one that's due in two days.

KNOW WHEN EVERYTHING IS DUE

Just keep trucking along and, when you've finally gotten through it, you'll be proud that you survived the assignment onslaught :)

Mark

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