27 September 2015

5 Tips For Being Organised at University

5 Tips For Being Organised at University

Now that Freshers week is over, I guess its time to get your head down and start real work. Now I'm not saying you need to spend all your spare time in the library with your head stuck in a book, but instead take this opportunity to get a real feel of university life. Whether thats getting to bond with your flatmates, meeting knew people by joining societies or just exploring the new city you will be living in for the next few years. One thing not to forget is that this is still your education and so to do well it does require you to keep organised and focus on learning everything you need to gain success within your degree field.

This time last year, as I was just beginning my own first year at uni, I was lost. I had no idea how to organise notes, nor did I know what to expect when it came to my lectures and seminars. Today I'd like to share with you the things I have learnt over the past year involving how to stay organised through your study and hopefully help you to focus your energy on making the most out of your time at university.

1. Make a timetable. A good rule of thumb is for every hour-long lecture, do an hour of revision outside of university. Whether its going over what you went thorough in the lecture/ seminar or expanding your research, utilise this tie wisely and you'll soon find your exam revision a heck of a lot easier to get through.

2. Know how to organise your notes. Whether its writing notes in a pretty notebook or storing your print-outs in a ring binder, decide now where and how you want to organise your notes so that you're prepared. This way you don't have to worry about crumpled notes in the bottom of your bag (hopefully anyway!).

3. Do some extra reading. There may seem like a lot to do already but doing some outside reading really improves your academic writing as well as your knowledge by learning things other than what is told to you in lectures. Remember to make notes too as you read for your revision, to show the examiner that you really know your stuff!

4. Make friends with your fellow classmates. This way you can trade notes, explain things through with each other and create revision groups all the while making some good friends.

5. Utilise the university's resources. Whether its using the library whenever you can or just emailing your tutor for some information on something that confuses you, make use of what is available. After all, you are paying for it through your university fees so make the most of it!

Thats all for now, I hope this helped anybody starting university or just continuing another year. If you have any questions, leave them below and I'll try my best to answer them!


  1. I've just started uni and I loved this post! I found your suggestion of one hour of outside work for every hour of lectures particularly helpful and I'm definitely going to start doing that this week.

    Thanks for the tips :)

    Bethany | curlyandwordy.blogspot.co.uk xx

    1. Thank you! And good luck with uni, hope this helped in some way x

  2. Great tips! I'm starting university this Monday, so they come in really helpful! :)
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  3. thanks for this!! very helpful!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky