There’s so much going on at university that it’s easy to get carried away and forget about your studies, or your general wellbeing. Read through our key advice below to make sure you’re on the right track!
Clear Your Room, Clear Your Mind!
It might sound silly, but keeping your room clean and tidy will make you feel more organised. By clearing your floor of any clutter, throwing out anything you don’t use, and having a general spring clean every couple of weeks, you will become more driven. It will help you to get into a steady routine, too. Once your room is looking trim, you will be ready to study.
It’s also worth creating two distinct areas if you can: one where you study, and one where you can just chill out. Even if your room is small, try to keep all of your books and notes on your desk or tucked away in your cupboards – this way they won’t take over your room. Even during exam time, your bedroom is meant to be your sanctuary, so don’t overload it with scary revision notes.
Lists, Lists, Lists
Making plenty of lists at uni is the best way to keep on top of everything. By noting down the preparation you need to do before a lecture, making a note of the shopping you need to pick up, and writing down anything else you need to remember, you’ll introduce structure into your day. Once you’ve got this structure in place, you’ll be able to set aside time for study and for unwinding with your friends.
Keeping a diary is another sensible form of list-making. If you get one that’s small enough to fit into your bag but big enough to make notes in, you’ll get organised in no time. You can add all of your coursework deadlines, the nights out you’ll be going on, and anything else that you need to sort out.
Get into a Routine
Getting into a routine will also help you manage everything. By going on just a couple of regular nights out per week, you will know when you can study and when you’ll probably be too hungover to revise! You’ll also be able to look forward to your nights off from uni work.
It sounds simple, but eating a filling breakfast will also get you into the swing of a routine. If you plan out high-energy breakfasts, buy your ingredients, and eat this nutritious food every morning, you will feel determined and positive at the start of every day.
If you take on a part-time job, make sure your employer gives you regular hours that don’t clash with your lectures. Your studies are far more important than any casual work you do, so remember to put your university routine first, rather than your employer’s.
Making the Most of Uni