6 steps to organisation heavenBy TheStudentGuide
When you get to uni, there'll be a whole host of people, leaflets and tutorials advising you on the best ways to organise your work. And chances are, you won’t stick to any of them.
You’ll have a lot of paper building up, and a lot of books- no matter how hard you try to fight it, you are going to need some form of organisation system. You’ll get given lots of advice on the best ways to do this but you won’t stick to any of it past first term – trust us, we know. Below are some useful (and realistic) tips on the best ways to organise your work. Listen up at the back, some of them might actually help you.
The best tip for keeping your work organised is to invest in some folders. They’re not too pricey and you can often get good 3 for 2 offers and the like from places such as Ryman and WH Smiths. They’ll be lifesavers. The best folders to use are those nice big lever arch ones, complete with dividers so you can separate your modules. This way you have plenty of space and can easily add to and take away from your collection of papers. Notebooks are good, but cutting and sticking all those handouts inside will use up time, and frankly won’t get done past first term. Lever arch is totally the way to go, and you can get dividers from the pound shop. And don't write notes on any scrap of paper you can find. This mouse mat is neat for keeping notes as you surf - not uni notes though, keep those on A4 lined!
Keep a diary
At uni, you’ll have lots of different modules with lots of different essays and deadlines. Keeping a diary will allow you to keep a note of what you have to do and when you have to do it by, and you can get some real dinky ones which means that carting all that information around shouldn’t be too much of a ball ache. Your lecturers will tell you to get those massive expensive academic typed ones, and they are good, but we don’t all want to spend £15 on an academic year planner. As long as you have space to fit in what you need to then you’re good to go. This will prove invaluable, trust.
Print off (and keep) library book receipts
If you’re doing an arts degree then chances are you’ll be (advised to be) reading tens of books a week. And this can get confusing. To avoid horrible library fines building up while that pesky book resides comfortably under your washing, print your receipts off from the checkout machines and keep them somewhere you’ll see them. Purse, wallet, pin board, heck pin it to your mirror, but make sure you keep your loans in check. Particularly if it’s a short loan book – these fines can get hefty.
Keep short, concise notes
When it comes to revising, chances are you’re not going to have a massive amount of time. Realistically. Keeping short notes which record the most important bits of information will really pay off in the long run. But however you take notes, make sure you take them in the way that suits you best. If you take them how someone else tells you to, chances are that they won’t mean very much and you’ll end up spending more time trying to decipher them than actually remembering what they say. Not cool man.
Write out your timetable somewhere you can see it
This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. Timetables often differ week to week so make sure you know exactly where you need to be and when you need to be there. Stick it on your wall and you’re good to go. Now the only thing you have to blame for your absence from lecture is the night before.
Only keep what you need
You’ll be handed all manner of crap at the fresher’s fair, and even walking round campus on a daily basis may prove tricky for avoiding excess rubbish. Leaflets, vouchers etc are all good if you actually need them, but don’t build up a collection of rubbish – you’ll end up cursing yourself when it comes to moving out.