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4 Tips For University Students Living At Home


  1. Find a Good Study Environment

You’re accustomed to how things have always been at home and it’s likely to be one of the areas in your life that isn’t changing drastically. Now that you’re in university, you’ll experience increased academic pressures and if you don’t have a good study environment at home, try to study at a coffee shop or the library.


  1. Communicate With Your Parents

Parents might not understand how much change is occurring in your life or how overwhelming university can be. You can set your own schedule, but communication with your parents is key so that they don’t worry. While starting university, parents can be a tremendous help or a big distraction. It’s important to take the help and support, but also the responsibility for your education and experiences.

  1. Don’t Be a “Commuter Student”!

These are students who go to class and go home. That’s it! They don’t know too many people at their university, they don’t study on campus or do activities outside of the classroom. Clearly, you can miss out on a lot of great experiences this way. However, if you participate in a number of activities outside of the university, you’re still active and that’s fantastic. If not, make sure you do not fall into the “commuter student” trap. Once you start this, it is a very hard habit to change.

  1. Become Independent

Part of becoming an adult is learning to make your own decisions and this will lead you to becoming independent. In this process, you will make both good and bad decisions, but it all contributes positively to your development. If you don’t become independent, you might not learn how to manage your time fully when you’re done university. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but learn to take control of your university experience and your life.


Adapted with permission from Your Guide to Succeed in University (the #1 College book on Amazon, recent award-winning finalist of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards and best of all, entirely free!) by Aly Madhavji at Smashwords, © 2013 Aly Madhavji.

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About Your Guide to Succeed in University:

How to succeed in university or college? Every student wants to know; every student tries to discover his/her own strategies to succeed – some work, some don’t. Becoming successful in university sometimes feels like trial and error – with potentially serious consequences for failures.

The goal of this guide – Your Guide to Succeed in University – is to help students in university and college to become confident, well-rounded and successful in their overall education experience. This guide aims to equip you – the students – with the necessary tools for success in university and college.

This guide will help students with topics such as building a solid foundation in the first few weeks, efficient techniques for studying and preparing for exams, getting involved, finding the right mentors, networking, job searching with potential employers and preparing for a successful career.

About the Author:

Aly Madhavji, Author of “Your Guide to Succeed in University” strived not only to have a great academic experience but to build the best overall university experience. In university, he coordinated two successful referendums that annually raise $12,500 and $25,000 to support the campus food bank and to help student refugees in the pursuit of Canadian higher-education respectively. He served as a Governor of the University of Toronto where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Academic Board of the institution. Aly was a Books with Wings Coordinator with the University of Toronto International Health Program where he raised 312 university textbooks, with an estimated value of $15,000, for students in rural and impoverished areas around the world.

Aly is the VP Strategy and Chair of Access Empowerment Council, a not-for-profit organization created to inspire disengaged and marginalized youth and engage isolated elderly around the globe. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association and the College of Electors. Aly has been featured in The Medium and The Varsity newspapers, the Ismaili Magazine, Mississauga Magazine, and University of Toronto Press. Aly loves to spend his free time outdoors, playing sports, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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