Top Tips for the New Academic Year

It’s that time of year again when you have to dig out the highlighters and textbooks and wave goodbye to the summer holidays. I swear they seem to get shorter every year! As this week is my first week back at uni I thought I would share some top tips for the new academic year. Mainly as a way to motivate myself but hopefully share a few things I’ve learnt too. So here goes.

1. Plan your time effectively- I know planning your time may seem obvious but it’s important to plan effectively. If you study from home like I do then this is especially important. Each week I write out exactly what I need to do and fit them in to a timetable. I also leave some study sessions blank so that I can fill them in as and when I need, depending if something takes longer than I expect. This really helps me to stay focused as I know exactly what I have to do and when.

2. Be organised- make sure that you have somewhere you can keep all your materials where nothing can get lost or eaten by the dog. I tend to write all my notes in notebooks and store them in boxes so I know exactly where everything is.

3. Take breaks- if you are studying for a long period of time it’s important you look after yourself. Plan short breaks every now and again to give your brain a bit of a rest.

4. Put your phone in another room or out of sight- if you are anything like me then your phone will be your biggest distraction so what you could do is put it in another room or somewhere out of sight. If you can’t see or hear it then it becomes less of a distraction.

5. Know your deadlines- this is really important. When you know your deadlines write them out and put it somewhere you will see it everyday. That way you will know exactly how long you have left to go.

6. Don’t leave assignments to the last minute- make sure you give yourself as much time as possible to complete your assignments. Allow yourself time to check it a few times and submit it within plenty of time. There is nothing worse than leaving it to the last minute and not having enough time. This should hopefully help to reduce stress.

7. Write out important definitions- this will not only save you time when it comes to revising but it something useful to have and refer to throughout the year.

8. Give yourself down time- there’s nothing worse then studying all the time and giving yourself no time to relax. You need time to rest and it will help you in the long run.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any other helpful tips please share them in the comments below. I wish you all the luck with your studies this year! We can do this!

Until next time

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