Sunday, 1 March 2015

Staying Organised at Uni

Being the beginning of March most Aussie uni students will be heading back to uni this week. The start of a new year is always a good time to start good habits study-wise but they often don't last past the first week or two. Heading into my third year of uni I've picked up a few tips along the way that have helped keep me organised all semester long and not breakdown the night before an assessment is due.


Use a diary: A simple one but so effective. If you don't like using a diary, learn to. Electronic or hand written, whichever you prefer, just use one. Write down everything you need to do; due dates, meetings, important lectures, assignments.. you get the drill. Think of it as a memory box, write down everything you need to remember but can't. I find it helps to take the time to hunt down a diary you love so you're more inclined to use it. I love Kikki K stationary and this year picked up their Cute Week to a Page Large Diary.

Write to do lists: Similar to using a diary this will help make sure nothing slips your mind. Prioritise what needs to be done and get to work on the most important things first. A large to do list can seem daunting so remember to reward yourself along the way. A half an hour Bloglovin' catch up once you've completed a certain amount of jobs is a good one!

Be prepared: Staying organised and reducing stress levels at uni (or any type of schooling) is all about being prepared. Before the semester even starts, go through your Unit Outlines and transfer all key dates to your diary. This way you'll notice when you've got 4 assessments due in one week (it happens to us all) and you can plan accordingly.

Don't be afraid to get ahead: This doesn't mean reading the entire text book before you even set foot in the classroom, it simply means don't be afraid to do a little background work. There's times when your study load may seem quite laid back and you've got a bit of spare time on your hands. Take this time to organise all your notes to date and look over upcoming content. Things like getting next week's reading done early because you know next week you'll be working on a fairly time consuming group assignment are great. It's little things like this that you might not necessarily want to do now, but you'll thank yourself for in the future.

Keep your notes organised: Whether you do your course work primarily on a computer or by hand, it's super important to keep all your notes in order. Keep them organised under relevant topic headings so come exam time, revision is simple. If you want to be super organised you could even do a little topic overview at the end of each section. Perhaps a one page summary of key points, new words and phrases along with their definitions and some examples to help illustrate what you have learnt will all come in handy when revising for a test or exams.

There can be some pretty stressful times through out uni but I've found that keeping organised is the best way to get through. If you've got any questions or want to share your tips, please leave them below or tweet me @annablush_.
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23 comments:

  1. Ah, these are such great tips thank you! It's my first year of uni this year, and we actually started last week! Eeep, it's all a bit daunting, but yeah I really need to write down important dates in my Kikki K diary ;) and really just get organised haha :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. These are all such great tips! A diary is key when it comes to uni, as there are so many more dates to remember. Are those tabs from Daiso?

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  3. Love these practical tips, Anna! Happy Sunday!


    Daisy x / www.daisybloomingjane.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Haha thanks, Tasha! Good luck with your first year! What are you studying? x

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  5. Yes, they are :) I love Daiso! x

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  6. Thanks Daisy! x

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  7. I'm studying a double degree of Business (PR major)/Media and Communication! :) Oh I just checked your about section to see that you're also studying PR! I'm doing a Marketing subject this semester too. Very cool, would love any tips haha :P

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  8. amazing post !!

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  9. Great tips! For me the most important is a good planner for organizing my studying and all of the stuff :)

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  10. to do lists help me the most when i've got a lot on my plate, but you've given me loads of other ideas to help me as well:) also i'm following you on bloglovin now so i'd really appreciate it if you checked out my blog too!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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  11. These are great tips! I find organising my notes the most important things, because when it comes to deadlines I hate fumbling around my whole room looking for specific lecture notes. I also find printing out my lecture slides before the actual lecture helps as it means I don't have to make as many notes and can keep up better.
    I also use a lot of colour to make my notes more fun!

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    xx

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  12. Great post! I am at uni in the UK and I find diaries are essential! x

    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I'm at school but i agree with everything in this post. I love the cute sticky notes too.


    evie-dylan.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I don't go to uni but I work full time in a job where organisation is key, so these tips were really useful! :)

    alice x | beautybyalicee

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  15. Ooo that's so exciting! So similar! I'd love to help with anything if I can. Feel free to shoot me an email if you're ever in need. I've found it's really important to keep up to date with current affairs, then you can recognise how the things you're learning actually reflect in the real world. I hope you're doing well so far :)

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  16. Thanks Katy! I'll have a look x

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  17. I love using colour too! Highlighting makes me feel so much more organised haha thanks for sharing x

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  18. Thanks Catherine! x

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  19. A good planner is so important! x

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  20. Thanks Jadiee x

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  21. Thanks Evie x

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  22. I'm glad I could help :) x

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  23. I really need to invest in diary or next year! I make to do lists for everything, I even put 'Make a to do list' on my to do list so that I feel a sense of achievement haha! H xx

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