The experience at EF Academy is not only about studying. And it doesn’t need to be. Studying every moment of the day, without putting down your books isn’t what life on campus is about. So here are some tips for students to make the most of their experiences in Oxford.
1. Join the discussion
You’ll attend classes every day, so make the most out of them. Instead of sleeping or thinking about something else, try to follow what the teachers say. You need to be brave, ask questions, and join the discussions. The lessons will always be way more fun when you’re interacting with them, so join the conversations in class.
2. No time for procrastination
Everyone would agree that it’s easy to procrastinate, but that’s why it’s so important to work hard and avoid it. Part of growing up means you’ll finally be able to organize your time without anyone telling you how to do it. So map out your time from the beginning of the year and you will get the best out of planning this experience.
3. Study with your peers
Another way to optimize your academic life is to find studying companions. Studying with your peers will probably be one of the most helpful experiences of your time at EF Academy Oxford. There’s always someone who has a gap in their knowledge but strength in others, so try to pair up with those who are strong in subjects you struggle with and vice versa. Better yet, form a study group and help each other out – a friend is sometimes way better than a teacher.
4. The teachers are there for you
However, if you and your friends don’t understand something, there’s always a teacher that will be willing to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; no one is going to judge you for that. There are many extra classes for students who are having some difficulties at the beginning, and there is no shame in joining them.
5. Find your spot
EF Academy Oxford is full of places where you can study. Whether you prefer to study alone in your bedroom or in the library with your friends, my suggestion is to explore and find a spot where you can be more productive. The students from our school are also allowed to access the Oxford Brooks University library, where you’ll find many useful sources and a Starbucks. What’s better than writing an essay with your own cup of mochaccino? Probably a lot of stuff, but this will still make your studies less arduous.
6. Look all around
One of the most significant advantages of living in Oxford is that the city is one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable places around the world. The University of Oxford is known everywhere and you’ll have access to many of the lectures and events. Going there could be an occasion to revise that argument you’re writing in class, expand your interests, and get new experiences that will look wonderful on your university application. So, do it!
7. Take time for your hobbies
As stated above, school isn’t just about studying. You need to find your moments of distraction. Maybe by joining some of the school sports teams or clubs. If you have always dreamt about doing the Model United Nations or if you like to play football and basketball, take your time for it. This is the moment of your life to do it – these opportunities won’t come twice!
8. Take time for yourself
The year will be stressful and plenty of ups and downs. For this reason, you will need time to treat yourself with some chocolate cake or hanging out with your friends. Sleep a bit more during the weekends or take some time to go out, you will not regret it!
9. Independence, independence, independence
You’re studying abroad, experiencing high school, aging – you’re becoming more independent each day. This means that you’ll have to keep your room tidy and do your own laundry. Try to organize your time, scheduling a time in the day to change the bed sheets or tidy up elsewhere.
Take time to explore the most beautiful spots around. Join the trip organized by the school or go to London with your friends on a weekend. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from studying and expand your knowledge about the place you live.
Pro tip: explore a lot when you’re still in the first year of your studies because during the next year you won’t have as much time.