I procrastinate a lot. There, I said it. I struggle with procrastinating at the best of times and my husband knows it all too well. Sometimes I wonder how these end up getting posted with no set deadline looming over my head.
University is tough. I’ve been to University and know the struggle of deadlines, timetables, and study. Although somehow I managed to come out the other side alive and I’ve come up with 5 tips to help you stay organised at University.
Create an online calendar
This is the VERY first thing I think anyone should do at University. I would even recommend doing it before your first day at University if your paper outlines are released early. It is a lifesaver. Online calendars are great because you can edit them as much as you like and access them on any device. I know they aren’t as cute as the wall calendars you’ve seen. But trust me, they are a lot better.
Highlight your readings
Whether you have physical copies or online copies highlight the key points as you read. The main reason for doing this is because you will have to refer back to these readings while writing your assignment. And you’ll need all the time you can get when it comes to completing assignments.
Work out the hours for each assignment
I would advise doing this as soon as you get your paper outlines. Based on the workload and grading of the assignments work out how many hours you should spend on each assignment. After you have done this timetable the hours in your online calendar so you know exactly when you are going to start working on particular assignments, giving you enough time to complete it without pulling an all-nighter.
Skim read or read introduction, conclusion, and the first couple of sentences in every section
If you are ever short on time or have a lot of readings to do. Read the introduction, conclusion and a couple of sentences in every paragraph (depending on the reading). The reason why I don’t skim read is because I don’t take much information in, I just can’t do it. But if you can skim read do that instead.
Learn more about yourself
Learning more about yourself helps you plan your days out. If you work well in the morning, then plan to go to bed early and study in the morning before going to school. Alternatively, if you work better in the evening, plan for study in the evening. Also, aim to discover where you study best. Whether this is at a desk at home, on the floor surrounded by notes, or at the library. I find that I work better at the library and best surrounded by people who are silently working.