Each semester, there are quite a few commencing students getting confused with their work/study or study/life balance when first adjusting into the university lifestyle.
When I was an e-Pal mentor volunteering at the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, many commencing International students encountered a number of difficulties in the first couple of weeks. The most frequent asked question was, “How can I manage my time wisely? I have a part-time job to do during my full-time study.”
If unfortunately you feel very overwhelmed, obviously you need to consult professionals about your time management as soon as possible. Luckily for us, the Learning and Teaching Unit collaboratively provides services and resources to enhance the university experience of all of us through learning advice, counselling services and employment advice.
Before you start your first week, you would also be recommended to grab two hard copies of planner – one is Full-Year Planner, the other one is Weekly Planner.
For the Full-Year Planner, note down all your assignments due dates and highlight them so as to give you early alerts. The Weekly Planner works as a timetable by which you could be able to write down your appointments, lecture/tutorial times and working hours to make sure spend your time as wisely as possible.
Overall, The Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) is an ideal place where students can seek assistance for their study and life. If you feel overwhelmed, go and make an appointment with the staff at LTU, tell them you are now feeling overwhelmed. LTU staff will try best to help you out.
Like I said, there will also someone there try to help you out!
Best of Luck!