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We Support Your Ambition: Top tips for returning to university

Getting back into any routine can be a shock to the system after an extended break and returning to university is no exception. Early mornings, study sessions and figuring out your work/life balance again can be challenging but we’re here to help. Today we’re sharing our top tips for making your return to university as easy as possible.

By Cara Fielder. Published 28 January 2022. Last updated 10 May 2022.

Stay in touch with loved ones

If you’ve been enjoying catching up with friends and family over the break and don’t want to lose touch with people, put plans in place to keep them close. Book in a time and day for weekly calls or gaming sessions or book a dinner date on the first of every month so it’s easy to remember and become routine. Although booking your nearest and dearest into your diary like a business meeting might feel a bit clinical, it really does help if you have a busy lifestyle.


Get stuck into your work

Charles Dickens wrote, “Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” And he’s absolutely right. A break from lectures and structured studying can make it harder to get back into the routine and lead to an increase in procrastination. Do your best not to give into it. Prepare yourself to hit the ground running and you will minimise the risk of falling behind and putting yourself under unnecessary pressure to catch up later.


Use our support services

Our student support services are available all year round. Whether you’ve suffered a recent injury that could impact your studies, need help polishing your study skills, or need extra support with your mental wellbeing, we have people on hand who can help you make the most of your time with us. Don’t struggle in silence or put off asking for assistance; we’re here to help.


Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

Although it’s important to throw yourself back into uni life with a positive mental attitude, it’s also vital to give yourself a break when you falter. As the proverb says - to err is human. If you don’t hit one of your targets, whether that’s simply getting up earlier or something bigger like learning a new skill to help your studies, try and learn from your mistakes. Was there something in particular that held you back? If so, how could you change this so it doesn’t impact you in the future? Learn from your mistake and start afresh the next day without letting it get you down.


If you’re struggling with university life in any way, please contact our support services. Our teams are there to support you on the way to achieving your ambitions.