I’m not sure where you are in the world, or what exactly your study schedule is like.
Here in Australia we are just about to finish up our week 5 of semester, and enter our mid-semester, or non-teaching period before coming back for week 6 to 12.
Once semesters start, it’s difficult to stop without losing momentum. I’ve been working with first and second years across a range of subjects and institutions for the last five weeks, and the same issues keep coming up. Here’s two top tips I can give you for keeping your momentum.
01 | Plan your weeks – If you haven’t already, develop a plan for your typical week, so you know what is supposed to happen when. At the end of every week (I choose Sunday afternoons or evenings) take some time out to review the upcoming week and make any adjustments for what’s coming up, such as assignments, exams or the start of new projects.
When you have a plan, your level of stress and anxiety goes down and your brain becomes free to think about important things rather than trying to remember
Or you can head straight over to get your copy of my Simple Student Planner.
02 | Be consistent – You need to produce work consistently, in all your subjects. You will find in design tutorials, communication subjects, and even history or construction, you will be asked to present your work-in-progress. This is really the main point of tutorials – to clarify any questions about the content, and to obtain feedback on your ideas and the development of your design.
If you fall behind even one week, you lose the opportunity for feedback, and when you get to the point where you’re ready for it, it’s not there. This makes it so much harder to get your work to the required standard.
Develop a plan which has you comfortably completing subject work at least the day before it is due, rather than the morning of, or even during the tutorial.
And, if for some reason you don’t have the required work, go to the tutorial. DO NOT skip it!! Take great notes of feedback given to other students, and then apply it to your own work. And do what you can to catch up for the next class, so you can remain consistent from then on.
Coming up in April, I am going to be focussing on some fundamental aspects of architectural design projects. I’ll be writing a few different articles so make sure you keep an eye out for them.
If you have any specific questions about design or architecture in general, you can ASK LIZ HERE!!
That’s it for now. Good luck with your next project. See you next month!!
Liz at ArchiMash