Plan your time
A clear plan of action can help you feel in control.
King’s Academic Skills for Learning on KEATS has tips to for studying smarter and managing your time and your studies. You can also book one-to-one online sessions with Academic Skills Tutors.
Research shows that we can only concentrate for 30 – 45 minutes at a time. Form a plan that is achievable, splitting your research into manageable chunks. Make sure to include breaks and down time away from your desk.
Keeping moving and mindfulness is a great way to clear your head. Pilates, tai chi and yoga are just some of the free online classes available with King’s Sport Move Your Mind. Why not try something new when you need a break?
Remember that routines should be flexible enough to live with. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick strictly to your plan. Writing a dissertation is a long process and you can start afresh tomorrow.
Get the support you need
Support is always available at King’s.
It can be tempting to bottle things up. But talking about how you are feeling with friends and loved ones, the Chaplaincy or your personal tutor, can really help.
If you are struggling, there are a range of wellbeing services available. You can also reach out to your Faculty Wellbeing and Welfare Advisor and explore your wellbeing with their student e-module.
All students can use Togetherall, a safe space online to get things off your chest and learn how to manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Positive Peers are student partners of KCLSU Wellbeing who promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all students at King’s. Take a look at how they can support you.
You can also connect with your peers on Unibuddy and search for postgraduate students using the 'Level' filter. International Political Economy student, Eric, has written a blog with tips on doing your dissertation.