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Practical Ways to Complete Your Degree on Time

Joining university for many is always an exciting opportunity since it offers students a chance to meet new friends, to be free and away from their parents as they transition from childhood to being independent adults.

Pic on Left: UTAMU graduates celebrate after receiving their degrees.

The story of completing the degree course however costs more than just excitement and university freedom. Research indicates that while enrollment in universities seems to be high, the completion rates are low. Your degree could be a gateway to a fulfilling and successful career.  Here are some tips that will help you to focus and complete your course on time;

Be convinced about the course you are doing
Always ask yourself; will this degree get me where I want to go? Are you passionate about the course? Are you aware of the career options available? Do you really like the course you chose? Passion is key for it gives you the drive you need to get your tasks done and ultimately complete your course on time.

Develop Time-Management Skills

You will need to be an effective time manager throughout your program to complete the course works and assignments on time. University programmes have deadlines and students are expected to complete tasks on time. As a professional in the making, you will need to set aside regular time to work on your degree. It’s the best way to keep moving forward smoothly.

Get your study area organized

With so much work to be done in the next few years, being organized is a key strategy. Every student needs a very organized study area where they can relax, take a deep breath, and then focus on the task in front of them. This area should be free from distractions and exclusively used to get work done.

List down your priorities

Pursuing a degree is a daunting task and to complete it, you need to prioritize. Generate a list of all the tasks at hand and the deadlines. Every day, commit to accomplishing some tasks. You may want to minimize social events and focus on completing your degree. In fact, you should feel comfortable postponing or canceling anything that doesn’t require your immediate attention. It’s a good idea to let your friends and family know about your degree project so you can have the time to concentrate on your studies.
Take advantage of the online services

It’s very unlikely that the lecturer will give you 100% of the course load and so as a student, you will need a laptop and internet to research on topics that you failed to comprehend and to continue with personal reading. This will ultimately give mileage to your studies.

Network and socialize
University is where you are going to build bonds with people, potentially for life. One of the best things you can do while at university is build up a network of contacts in industry and academia. These are the people who will offer you jobs and opportunities; these are the people who will be a good reference that will shape your future for a dream job.

As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Utilize these tips and get the most of your university degree, acquire the practical skills and advance your career.



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