Making the most of your time at university is a priority for every student. You’re in a new place, with new people and learning new things – so having a strategy that helps you to study as efficiently and effectively as possible is a good idea. We have gathered some tips and advice to make this already special time even better.
What do you want to achieve from your studies? This should be something to consider before you begin. Make sure the answer is realistic but also helps to motivate you. Write your goals down, put them up where you can see them, keep track of them throughout the year. You’ll feel so great when you see them come true.
Give yourself time
Leaving things to the last minute may seem like a good idea at the time, but it leads to stress later. Wake up on time, allow 10 minutes longer than you think you need for travel time, try not to go to bed too late – this makes waking up on time much easier. Top tip: put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Keep your room tidy
Recently, Marie Kondo has been making headlines with her new Netflix show about getting rid of your unwanted things. Her catchphrase, ‘Does it spark joy?’ asks us to throw away anything that doesn’t make our lives better. You don’t have to toss out everything you own but keeping a tidy workspace for you to study in will help you focus and keep a clear mind.
Make lists and add your deadlines to your calendar. Knowing exactly when an essay is due or when you have to make a presentation means you can prepare and avoid the stress of rushing and running out of time. The satisfaction of checking off tasks as you go will encourage you to keep it up and be even more productive.
Make the most of tech
Students these days have access to amazing resources. There are several useful links on the Roehampton Pathway website, including the Student Portal and the blog, which contain guides and tips for several different aspects of student life. There are also apps for every imaginable aspect of student life, including productivity (Mindly and Zero Willpower), planning (OneNote), group projects (Evernote and Slack) and brain training (Lumosity). Just make sure to get some time away from your screen too.
Use your Personal Tutor
When you start studying, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who is there to guide you and help you through your time at university. If you have questions, you should never be afraid to ask – it is your tutor’s job to make sure you are keeping up with everything, both socially and with your studies.
Learn how to write an essay
Whatever you study, you will almost certainly have to write an essay. Learning how to structure one and properly reference other sources is a life skill that will come in useful again and again. There are guides online to help you but if you are really struggling, ask your tutor for a basic outline and some dos and don’ts.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, studying can become confusing. We have put together a list of the best apps to improve your vocabulary, but you can also help yourself by socialising with other English people through university events and societies. Learning the language will help you understand your course and your teachers far better.
The final item on this list is very important. When you do well, either by passing an assessment or completing a presentation, remember to celebrate. Hard work should be rewarded so treat yourself to something you love. You deserve it.
If you want more information about studying at University of Roehampton Pathway, visit our website: pathway.roehampton.ac.uk.