Create a schedule to keep yourself on track and stick to it. It’s especially important to plan around your assignments and to not leave everything to the last minute. Ask yourself: would my future self appreciate me doing this now?
Plan for the best and the worst:
When writing out a schedule for your assignments, make sure you give yourself ample time to plan, research and compose your work, and allow yourself some extra time in case of unforeseen events, or if things just don’t pan out.
Keep multiple copies:
There’s nothing worse than last minute computer troubles so, make sure you have at least one other copy of your dissertation saved to a separate location.
Regular contact with your teachers and lecturers:
They’re there to help you succeed, and it’s good to have someone who knows the area to talk through what direction you plan to take an assignment. They can offer you specialist support and guidance to help you find your way if you’re ever struggling.
Get plenty of sleep:
Your mind is your most important asset when writing long papers, and trying to do an assignment while sleep deprived is never a good idea. So, make sure you give your mind and body some time to recuperate, as a lack of adequate sleep can affect your ability to make decisions and undermine your overall mental health, which is especially important as you get closer to deadlines.
Take regular breaks:
Sitting down at a computer for long periods to work on the same paper can be mind-numbing, and sometimes your brain just needs to reset by doing something else for a while. So, take a break, get away from the screen and come back refreshed with a new set of eyes.
Don’t be afraid to talk to someone if things aren’t going the way you planned them, communicate concerns to your teachers or supervisor(s) and talk to friends or family that might be willing to listen. If you’re struggling don’t be afraid to talk about it.