If you find yourself struggling and falling behind at university, what should you do?
Be honest with your professor about where you are.
Communicating with your professor at any point of the semester is extremely important. If you’ve noticed a pattern of you struggling to complete assignments, try to discuss this with your professor and see if they can give you tips on making the class more manageable.
Use the weekends effectively to catch up on work.
I do the bulk of my work during the weekends because I don’t have classes during the day to worry about, and it makes me feel more at ease just knowing that I have an entire day to use to the best of my ability to get work done.
THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE NOW
It’s easy to look at all the things you must do, without looking at how far you’ve already come. Take a moment to reflect upon your achievements. As an international student living abroad, you’re already doing something incredibly brave.
Designate specific days/times for working on assignments for a particular class.
If you’ve got a few hours in between your first two classes, you can use the time to start the homework you just got assigned in your first class, or make a habit out of doing tomorrow’s assignment during that time.
I know you’re probably already stressing about falling behind, but stressing more does more harm than good. Take an hour to just breathe and watch an episode of your favorite Netflix show. Or, take an hour to just chill in bed and do everything but your homework—it’s completely fine!
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