Getting organised for the semester ahead: How to stay on top of your studies

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Starting university can be an overwhelming time for many. It can be a big change for many students, with a lot more responsibility as well as work.

With so much going on, it is easy to fall behind with your studies. Staying organised is essential to keeping on track with your work. Here are some tips on exactly how to do that.

Take note of important deadlines

Deadlines are so important and the last thing you want to do is miss them. Missing deadlines will not only impact your grades, but also your time for your next assignment or exam.

Get a diary or use an online calendar to keep track of due dates as well as other important information.

Try to get a head start on work

No matter how well you plan, something will always pop up. Don’t leave yourself with a tight schedule to get the work done.

Getting a head start on work will give you some leeway if something gets in the way. If you get sick or your family pops up for a surprise visit, you will still have time to get your work completed.

Keep on top of readings

Many students hate readings, but if you keep on top of them it will make your life a lot easier. Readings are essential when it comes to writing essays and tackling them sooner will make it easier later.

Create a routine

Getting into a routine is a great way to stay on top on your university work. Blocking out time throughout the week to study will ensure you are using the time you have as efficiently as possible. 

Scheduling some much-needed downtime is also essential for either leisure or self-care. Create a daily routine for yourself to follow day in and day out and make sure it works for you.

Take a break!

Avoid burning yourself out. The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out as this will lead to you falling behind in your work. 

You need to take breaks. Make sure you are getting away from your laptop and getting out for at least some fresh air. Plan some exciting days throughout the semester. 

If you are struggling to keep on top of your work, don’t panic. Talk to your personal tutor if you need help or support.

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