Monday, 4 September 2017

5 Ways To Stay Organised At University

In less than a few weeks, I’ll be starting my third and final year at university. Right now, I’m a mixed bag of excitement and nerves and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. Given that I’m about to start one of the most important academic years of my life so far, and in the hope of helping anybody about to start their first/second/third years, I thought I would put together a few ways to keep as organised as possible at university!

 BUY A FOLDER AND A HOLE PUNCH… For anyone about to start their first year of university, quick warning, you are going to be given so many random pieces of paper. There is nothing worse than being asked to get something out and having to scramble through a million random sheets before finding what you need, so, buy yourself a ring-binder folder and a hole punch! Seperate your folder into sections either by module/topic/whatever works for you, and every time you get something handed out to you, put it in the right section! This will save SO much time when you need to find something and for me personally it makes me feel so much calmer than if I had them all stuffed into a plastic folder.

START EVERYTHING AS SOON AS YOU GET IT… When you get given your coursework or essays briefs, start it straight away! Even if all you do is write down what topic you’re going to study, just get something done initially. Then, when you eventually come to start working on it, it won’t feel so overwhelming because you’ve already made some progress. I usually pick my topic and plan out my paragraphs as early as I can, then when I come to writing it I’m not just staring at a blank page with no structure!

MAKE USE OF YOUR BREAKS… In both my first and second years, I had so many breaks! Some of them were 2/3 hours long and usually myself and my friends would just sit in the canteen and talk those hours away. Even though we had a lot of fun, it was definitely not the most productive use of my time and I could’ve spent those hours getting work done so that I could relax when I came home. I’m not saying fill up every break with work because you do need time to relax and socialise as well, but just find the right balance. I’m definitely going to be using my breaks more efficiently this year!

GET YOUR UNI EMAIL ON YOUR PHONE… You’re going to be getting emails left right and centre throughout your uni years so make sure you can access it through your phone. Whether it’s a cancelled lecture or a revised essay deadline, you’re going to want to know about these things as soon as possible!

WRITE THINGS DOWN AS YOU FIND THEM… More specifically, references. If you’re doing some reading and you find you a useful bit of information, don’t just write the quote down, write down EVERYTHING. The book title, the author, the page number, the chapter, the ISBN number.. write it all down! I can guarantee at some point whilst writing an essay you’ll desperately want that bit of information you found a month ago but can’t remember which book it came from because you didn’t write it down. Whenever you get any piece of important information, write down the source!

What do you do to stay organised at university?
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  1. Some of these tips would have been so helpful as a first year! Now also going into third year, the tip I'd give to keep organised is to start things as you get given them aswell!!
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    1. Good luck with your third year! You'll do amazing <3 xxx

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  2. Ooh these tips are all so great Samantha! Whilst I'm taking a gap year so will not be going to uni this September, these tips are still pretty helpful. Starting stuff immediately you get them is definitely very helpful and also utilizing breaks more efficiently. xx
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    1. I'm glad you liked them! Yeah I think both of those tips can apply to general life as well! <3 xxx

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  3. Thanks for these great tips! :) Good luck to everyone who has started school this year <3


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  4. Enjoy your last year! I'm starting sixth form tomorrow.
    Aleeha xXx
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  5. Such great tips!
    Love a good organizing post, I'm one of those hoarders of notebooks because I love to write everything out!
    -Lauryn
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    1. Thank you! I'm definitely the same <3 xxx

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  6. I would definitely agree with making the most of your breaks, so often I would find myself in the pub instead of working!

    Danielle xx
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    1. I guess the silver lining is we've made some good memories ahah <3 xxx

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  7. I think the best (but also probably hardest) things to do is to start things as soon as you get them - makes life a lot easier a lot further down the line but also is a lot of hassle at the time!

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    1. Definitely! But every little thing counts, even if all you do is write out the title! <3 xxx

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  8. I'm struggling real hard with 3rd year uni this time around because I can't seem to get myself organized. I'm literally going to read this everyday as my mantra to not fall behind xD

    Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You've got this!! Take things one step at a time and things will gradually fall into place! Glad I could help in any way <3 xxx

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  9. These are some of the best tips for Uni! I think getting a folder and planner are so important. I really liked writing down my schedule every week or day x

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! I'm the same <3 xxx

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  10. I'm halfway through my final year now and only JUST started really taking advantage of my breaks during the day - it makes allllll the difference!!!

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    1. I'm determined to use them more efficiently this year! <3 xxx

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