Starting University: Organisation Tips & How I’m Getting Organised For Second Year

Now I’m not embarrassed to say this, but for as long as I can remember in the summer holidays I would always look forward to back to school shopping. While going back to school did not excite me as much, the thought of getting organised and buying new stationary always filled me with joy – which is bizarre coming from someone who loves being organised yet also seems to fall behind weeks later and is found having a breakdown in her room. Nevertheless, being off of university for two months now, it is safe to say that the thought of returning is making me immensely happy and I genuinely cannot wait to go back. Because of this, I have already started organising bits and bobs to help me settle me back in well and prepare me for the non-preparable leap from first to second year.

Last year I went wild and purchased so much stationary as well as not even using half of it, a lot of it was not necessary. Luckily, I am now able to learn from last year and only buy what I know is right for me. The theme last year was white marble due to my love of minimalistic aesthetic, for this year I have focused on what will help me stay organised and therefore I have colour co-ordinated my second-year units/modules and bought binders for each unit (6) and as well as that, I have made my own templates for lecture notes, seminar notes, reading notes and many others ranging from trackers to deadlines.

Last year I both typed and handwrote my notes, by doing that I had three versions of everything; rough, neat and typed notes. Needless to say, this did not help me at all and cluttered my living space, I did not know what notes to look at or where to even start when revising or needing information for my coursework. I learnt that by typing notes, the information did not go in as much – or at all in some instance and I would find myself just copying and pasting the lecture slides which meant that my focus was not 110% during the lecture itself. Therefore for the new term I have created my own lecture templates – very extra I know, but that way it gives me the motivation to keep my notes neat as well as make sure I write them.

My Top Tips:

  1. Find out which note taking method works for you the most effectively.
  2. Stay consistent with your note taking and keep everything in the same format.
  3. Organise your notes and your individual units, use binders or books but keep it together.
  4. Procrastination still does not work, it did not for GCSE’S and it certainly does not for your degree.
  5. Start coursework early, that way if you are stuck you can ask your seminar tutors for help.
  6. Not about staying organised but ask for help if you need it. Everyone is in the same boat as you.
  7. Create a list for your deadlines and place it somewhere you will always see it to keep you reminded.
  8. After your lectures, start on your seminar work. You will have all the information you need and will keep you ahead.
  9. Use highlighters selectively. We all get carried away making it pretty and it is no help at all.
  10. Make sure you actually attend class and if you miss it, catch up straight away. Falling behind and never catching up is not fun.

Much Love,

Courtney Bekah x