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Library Peer Advisors: Advice from UG for UG: 3 Survival Strategies

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#1 Time Management - A Personal Responsibility

All books on study skills mention time management and setting goals as key. Here's a quick way you can do so. Visualise it! You owe it to yourself to take some time during the day to form a mental picture of what you want to achieve for the day. A quick takeaway here is to exercise personal responsibility and commit time to processes that enable you to do things efficiently.

So which quadrant do you think you are in right now? The above table was adapted from Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

#3 Mental Wellness - Practice Self-Care

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. With the transition back and forth between face-to-face and online classes, we have to constantly adjust between interacting with others physically and virtually, which increases the stress and anxiety that we face. We can prepare ourselves by learning to cope with this stress, in a healthy way, and take time out of our busy schedule to care for our body and mind, which will enable us to become more resilient in the face of the unexpected.


Take a look at LPAs' everyday mental health tips for students: 

Do not hesitate to seek professional help if you think you need it! A good place to start is your local health worker or SMU’s Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness CentreHelplines can also be a great source of support. 


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#2 Taking Classes - Study Smarter Not Harder

Classes (face-to-face or online) are a major part of a student’s university life. Preparing for it involves some techniques, which are divided into three segments: Before, During, and After Classes. 

Before Classes:

  • Check your timetable. 
  • Go onto eLearn and download all the content for the week. 
  • Get all the slides and notes ready. 
  • Pre-read all the content. 
  • Make sure your laptop, tablet and other electronic devices are fully charged. 
  • Make sure to take your name tents. 
  • Pack all the necessary items required for the class. 
  • If online, make sure you have the link to join the class promptly. 

During Classes:

  • Reach class 10 minutes earlier. 
  • Place your name tents in front of your desk. 
  • Listen carefully and class-part wisely. 
  • Participate actively and contribute constructively.
  • Do remember, ‘Quality is valued better than Quantity’. 
  • If online, please raise your hand and wait for your name to be called upon. 

After Classes: 

  • Make sure you clear all your doubts before leaving the class. 
  • Pack all your things properly, or you may only get them 3 hours later.
  • Revise and do the homework/assignments, if any. 
  • Develop a weekly schedule for revision. 
  • Reach out to your group members if need be.

The best time to start is NOW! Here are LPAs' ProTips for effective studying: 


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