Being a university student can be amazing fun, but a real challenge, even at the best of times. When it comes to being at university, working hard and finding time to enjoy yourself must go hand in hand and knowing how to study effectively is critical to keeping that pressure off your back.
For lots of students, it’s easy to let time go by, enjoy your classes, and worry about your exams later. Only then for deadlines to roll around, catching you off guard.
However, there are plenty of ways to help make sure you don’t end up in such a situation. Check out my quick list below on tips I learned over my Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies (P.s. I’ve included some links to resources that I enjoy using, maybe you will too!):
Get the tough work done early
First thing you need to do is get that tough job done! Not only will you feel great, but you’ll also have a big weight off your shoulders. While this may seem like a horrible idea, It does make you feel a pretty great sense of achievement and by comparison, it’ll only make it easier to get the rest of your work done too.
Make a list
This doesn’t work for everyone, but I felt that it helps me to organise what needed doing, so I could help break down my time more effectively. It’s worth bearing in mind though, don’t spend too long planning out the list, otherwise, you’ll be procrastinating!
Get enough sleep! This seems obvious, but wow, no-one wants to get up for an 8 am class on 6 hours of sleep. I honestly found that making sure I had enough sleep made everything easier, let alone those long 8 am starts.
Get some planning done
Take any long-form assignments or essays and take some time when assigned to go over requirements. Open a google doc you can access from anywhere, and write out a rough structure, as well as the marking requirements. Then add whatever idea you think would be good to write about. Its amazing how much easier a 3000-word essay is when you break it down into chunks. The more detail the better! Plus, if you can find something interesting to write about, you’ll find the research and planning hours will fly by!
Centralise your documents
And finally, create a google drive folder, and a master document for each subjects’ lectures. Write up notes in there during your classes, and then format them after class to add titles and a contents page for super-easy access to a master document for notes and information for every class!
One issue I did find, however, was that sometimes my friends and I found a class particularly difficult and weren’t sure what to do! What I really could have done with was a platform like “YourTime”, who have been building an app that lets you find your expert in any subject you need from either your own or another university! Sometimes just having someone walk you through what needs to be done can really make a world of difference.
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