Christmas may feel like a distant memory and New Year’s resolutions might have already gone to pot. But it’s not too late to make this year a success at uni. Wrap-up warm with these study tips to help make the next months as comfortable as possible and stop that bleak mid-winter chill.
Base layer – your thermals!
Our snowman may like to go commando but without these essentials you won’t get far.
- Check your Uni email account daily (Tip: install an app where you can access personal and uni accounts in one place and to get notifications when you receive emails.)
- Check Your timetable and any changes and make sure you understand it.
- Know your deadlines and meet them. Late submission is penalised.
- Look up reading lists, these are vital. Use FindIt and the library.
- Check UniLearn (Blackboard) for all course information
Warm coat – weathering the assessment storm
- When that wind starts to bite wrap-up with these tips to help keep it at bay!
- Get things done early, start assignments as soon as they are given. Work first, have fun later. Apply this to everything – essays, coursework, projects, revision. (Tip: Student Development and Study Skills can help with organisation, essay writing, referencing.)
- Prioritise your work effectively.
- Group work is only effective if you set a plan. Set a goal and manage your time to produce high quality work and achieve the goal in time.
- Go to Lectures. They aren’t 'optional’. Often material covered provides a basis for later classes or practical work.
- Remember to back up your work!
Hat, scarf and gloves – don’t leave yourself exposed!
Accessories aren’t an afterthought and neither are these tips.
- Print off any available lecture notes beforehand.
- Make your own notes during lectures and reading. (Tip: If you find it hard to make notes quickly, stick to key points and go over examples and other extra information with a friend afterwards.)
- Ask for notes off someone else or do the reading if you miss a lecture (everyone does occasionally).
- Read through your notes after the lecture to make sure they’re still legible and make sense.
- Organise your notes. File them, or keep everything in one notebook. (Tip: Look for a note-keeping application (like MS Office OneNote or Notability for iPad) to store electronic copies/scans of notes.)
- Ask for feedback. Whether you have done well or not, talk to your lecturer as guidance for your next assignment.
If you are feeling unenthusiastic about your course or wondering if university is for you, and these tips aren’t going to do the trick and you would like to talk to someone about this support is available.