Today for my University series, I am talking about how to stay organised in University/College. This is my second official post in my University series!! My first post was about making friends in Uni and you can read it here!! I also posted a haul for Uni which you can read here!!
When going to University, being organised is essential for a good experience. From knowing where your seminars are to making sure that you get all your work done in time, my University series will focus on how to actually get organised. I tend to find that it’s very easy to get disorganised in Uni because of how busy life tends to get. One moment you’re enjoying the early days of college and the next, you have ten assignments due in the next week. Don’t fret, here are my tips for staying organised.
1. Get to the Library:
This first bit of advice is probably the most obvious tip of all. However, I’ve noticed that students tend to procrastinate when it comes to the library. For me, it is currently week two of my first semester and I’m already researching my essays which are due in week six/seven. Last year I found that I didn’t give myself enough time to write a good essay for my modules. Getting to the library early in the semester is also important because the good books can very quickly disappear.
2. Get a planner or a Planner app
My 2018 planner is essential to my everyday life. I quite literally schedule everything into it- from my classes to my social life to my blog posts to my workout plan- and it keeps me on the top of my game. My planner was a cheap one euro blue little A3 book from Dealz. While I think it’s an important buy, I think a cheap one does the same job as an expensive planner. I open my planner and my whole life is planned out for me. I don’t need to look at my phone to discover what class I have next.
3. Use the Syllabus.
I know this may seem obvious, but many of friends think the module syllabus is useless. They go their lectures, so why would they need to keep the syllabus? I for one probably look at my module syllabi once a day or more. They’re an essential part of my learning schedule. They contain all the necessary information which I need to do well in my modules. From my lecture schedule to my assignment details, there is very important details that I would forget if I didn’t have my syllabus to remind me.
4. Make a list of your essays
This is something I’ve done this year. On a small piece of paper I’ve written out all of my due in assignments in the order they’re due with all the details like word count. It’s a messy little list but it allows me to be organised when I’m planning what books to get out of the library each week. I will often look at this list to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything important that I need to do.
5. Look after yourself:
The most important tip of all is to look after yourself. It’s very tempting to pull all-nighters and do a lot of study. However in the long run, getting very little sleep is not worth good grades. Getting good grades is not the most important thing – happiness is. Even when I have a big essay or test, losing sleep is one of the few things which I’m not willing to give up. I know myself too well – I’ll be miserable without sleep and sloppy. Eating well and putting your mental health is also very important. If your feeling stressed, talk to your tutors, friends or family.
Does anyone else know of any tips for staying organised while in Uni? Let me know, I could use them!! Thank you for reading!!
Read my previous post here!!