What are your daily study habits?
“I believe that reading is very important, and if we talk about the lecture – we have to prepare. The thing is you have to focus in class. I want to raise one example, when we are in economics class it involves
with numbers and calculations, so if you don’t follow the lecturer you will not get what he means. And before your exam you have to review; you don’t need to memorize everything, you just need to remember each point and when it comes to the exam just write it in your own words. I study around 2-3 hours a day outside of class, usually after lunch in the afternoon and after dinner in the evening.”

Do you do anything different when studying for a quiz or exam?
“Yes, I think it depends on the course though. For example, my current class is ENG422 and before the quiz I don’t usually need to study for it – because it is not really difficult. But for other subjects that need us to understand and to remember, I need to study. I prefer individual learning because you don’t have any disturbances. Usually before the mid-term and final exam we have a group study because my friends want me to explain something to them, and I
also want to get something from them as well.”

Do you study at another university or have a job or internship?
“I also study at RUPP at IFL, I study English Literature there in the afternoon.”

How do you manage your time and schedule?
“I don’t really have any specific schedule for each subject, but what I do every day is to read something before hand, like before coming to UC I review my notes and before going to RUPP, I review again. I have an iPad, so each assignment, exam, or make-up class, I always write them down in the calendar.”

Being a student can be a very stressful and busy time, how do you manage your health?
“I think sometimes stress is inevitable and we need to face with it. However, I usually don’t make myself stressed; I have so much fun actually. In the evening I usually hang out with my friends to have something to eat and at night before I really study, I like to do something entertaining, like using a social network or watching something that will help to improve my English.”

What are your future plans?
“My future plan is to work with an international organization or NGO. I would also like to be a professor or lecturer. I would like to go straight away for my Master’s program, but sometimes I think that getting good grades doesn’t necessarily help with the Master’s application. They want to see work, leadership, or volunteer experience. So I think I will work for a while before I study my Master’s degree

What advice can you give to other students who are hoping to be more successful next term?
“I recommend to focus on the lecture, and also to read more. When you read in English you will be able to speak better, and write in exams better. When you have poor writing, even if your ideas are good,
you may get a bad grade on the exam. For me, all in all, I think that to be an outstanding student is not really difficult. It just depends on how much you want it. When you are really committed to becoming an outstanding student, you will do anything to reach it. Be confident, even if there are ten chapters to review – you need to believe that you can do it otherwise it will be too difficult.”

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