With more graduates than ever before entering the job market year on year, degree classifications have never been so important.
And Iâ€™m guessing thatâ€™s EXACTLY what you want to hear, as you’re right in the middle of uni stress.
Please stop crying. We didnâ€™t mean to upset you. In fact, weâ€™ve actually got some good news…
Did you know that itâ€™s not just just strange hobbit people with giant brains and odd mature students who get firsts at university?
Thatâ€™s right, REAL people can get a first… if they want one.Â So, do you want a first? You do?! Great. All you have to do is pick up these 12 habits of students that get a first and then youâ€™ll be set to graduate with glory and become president of the universe.*
(*We should mention that we will take no responsiblity if you adopt these habits and still donâ€™t get a first. Itâ€™s probably because you didnâ€™t work hard enough. Because, letâ€™s face it – youâ€™re reading this now when you definitely should be studying. Soz.)
1. They donâ€™t play mind games with themselves like lunatics
Hands up if youâ€™ve ever rewarded yourself for revising by taking a hard earned nap? Or have you ever spent 30 minutes extra in bed and told yourself youâ€™ll make up for it later that evening. Who are you trying to trick? Itâ€™s your own damn brain. Give it up.
2. They start with the most difficult task first
Students who get firsts DO NOT Â waste time making folders on their desktops and trying to pretend to themselves that this is actually useful. They open a word document and they start writing. And by writing I donâ€™t mean typing their name at the top of the page and staring at it for an hour.
3. They use highlighters properly
4. They donâ€™t freak out and cry
They donâ€™t punch walls, scream at their parents like toddlers, turn to vodka in a crisis or start creating an elaborate life plan that doesnâ€™t involve a degree. They do the work and squash the panic to the back of their brains.
5. They sleep
And when I say sleep I donâ€™t mean nap. They go to bed at a reasonable hour. And when I say go to bed at a reasonable hour, I do not mean get into bed and spend two hours looking at various Kardashians/Jenners on Instagram until they pass out with their phones on their faces.
6. When they say â€˜one more episodeâ€™ they mean it.
Successful students donâ€™t wait until the â€˜are you still watching?â€™ notification pops up on Netflix. Thatâ€™s Netflixâ€™s way of asking if youâ€™re still alive or just slipped into a laziness induced coma. if Netflix is worried about you, then YOU should be worried about YOU
7. They donâ€™t use caffeine to solve problems
8. They go to lectures
And not just to make up the 60% attendance that is required to actually remain on the degree course.
9. They ask for help when they need it
They donâ€™t sit in the back row and draw pictures on their notepads. They donâ€™t turn around and run away when they see a lecturer in the corridor and they actually attend their one-to-one meetings. Crazy, I know.
10. They use the library in the way that itâ€™s supposed to be used.
11. Their internet history doesn’t look like this
12. They study subjects that they actually enjoy
Because learning is fun. (if you have no other joy in your life.)
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