Going to university can be an exciting time. For many, going to university is the first time they will be away from home. Chances are you’re going to have a lot of fun times ahead, but you’ll also need to do some work too.
Here are some study tips that will help you to make good use of your time:
- Understand your time table and keep a copy of it with you whenever you’re in class. Also try to keep a copy on your desk or stuck to your bedroom wall so you can easily find out which lecture you have first thing in the morning.
- Don’t forget to check your university email account at least once a day as it’s likely your lecturers will try to communicate with you this way.
- If you find yourself struggling with referencing, and other essay requirements, don’t be afraid to take a class that specializes in the area that you’re lacking in.
- Do your best to meet deadlines, it’s important. You could be marked down on points, even if you’ve written the best essay ever. If you can, get the assignment finished a few days before it’s due in so you have time to make necessary changes or to gloat.
- Make sure you always go to lectures. If you miss out on a lecture, you could be missing out on something important. Some universities penalize students for missing lectures, which means your grades could be seriously affected.
- If you find note-taking hard, get a Dictaphone and tape the lecture. Listen to it later when you have a bit of quiet time, and you’re likely to follow the lecture a little easier.
- Stay organized, keep your notes filed in a specific order that’s easy to follow. This will come in useful when it’s time to revise for your exams.
- If you’ve been given a poor grade for your assignment, try to find out why. Sometimes feedback can help, and help you to avoid the same mistake next time.
- Don’t leave your coursework until the very last minute, you won’t do your best. Make coursework a priority and know exactly when the deadline is. Do your research, do your referencing correctly, and give yourself time to write the assignment so you don’t need to rush it.
- If there is a genuine reason why you can’t get your assignment in on time, make sure you tell your lecturer as soon as possible.