Recently I asked people what they would like to see more of on my blog and one thing which was voted for was posts about my University life so today I shall be sharing with you my top tips for studying at university.
When at university you are not going to be encouraged to get your work done like you are at school and college. You will be told about your assignments once and then expected to remember, no one will remind you to get them done.
Here are my top tips I have found that really help me to sit down and get the work done (when I’m not procrastinating):
ALWAYS carry a pack of highlighters in your bag, you never know when they will come in handy!
Don’t try to study with friends. You may think that you will get more work done if you work with a friend doing the same class. You may think that you can help each other. This NEVER works, only study with others if its a group project.
Print outs. There’s a reason you get £15 print credit at the start of the year, USE IT. Print journals, even print study sheets to help you get organised. MOST if not all of your assignments will be uploaded online.
Spotify focus playlists. YES that’s right, Spotify have a WHOLE section underneath the genres & moods section of their browse page. These have really helped me to get down and get the work done. They have different type of focus playlists such as concentration, revision, Intense studying, even reading playlists for all that required reading you have.
The university library. Whenever I have work due that I really need to get done quickly, I head to the 3rd or 4th floor of my university library, the quiet zones. Our library computers BLOCK Facebook plus its a lot quieter than other computer spaces. If your library is always busy, try going at a different time, its often quieter in the mornings or evenings.
Turn your phone off. There is nothing more distracting than trying to get uni work done and someone phoning or texting you and putting you off.
ALWAYS carry a notebook. You never know when you will get a spare moment to get some ideas down, or get started on something, or even to make a to-do-list.
NEVER do that procrastination trick where you tell yourself you will do one hour of whatever you want and then two hours of work, it NEVER happens. Before you know it, it’s 10pm at night and you haven’t done any work.
Write a to-do-list of what needs done that week or month, then number those items in order of importance. Don’t do what I do which is do the easiest first as it may be the easiest but it is probably not the most important.
Keep a calendar – include appointments AND assignment deadlines. More often than not have I forgotten a deadline & ended up causing unnecessary stress and rushing at last minute.
Have you got any tips I haven’t mentioned that help you study?
Later, my response to nearly everything that involves actually getting shit done. Always later.
As I write this blog post, I am procrastinating uni work that still needs to be completed before I finish at the end of April. For example: That student led seminar I have next Thursday? Well I told the person I am working with that I would have something prepped for Friday. It is now Saturday night and I haven’t even started prepping for it yet with the intention of spending all day tomorrow on it but in likely reality I won’t wake up till late afternoon and will likely set it back another day, only to keep doing this until it ends up being rushed at last minute.
That day my Dad asked me to type up and print off his CV for him? Yep, I’ve still not done it. It’s not that I don’t want to help my Dad out, its just I suck at life, I suck at prioritizing things and I suck at getting things done until last minute.
That formal assessment I sat in a computer lab 2 weeks ago on statistics? Well, last time I studied statistics I was in my 5th year of high school, therefore that was 4-5 years ago. Guess when I did all my studying for that assignment? Yep, the last hour before I sat it despite missing most the classes in prep for it. I still got 60% for it, so that’s a solid pass, so my logic is its great as long as I passed. Perhaps I need to change that outlook on life.
Before I finish uni for summer at the end of this month, I have a research proposal to submit for my dissertation next year, two essays to do, over eight blog posts that must include references and countless other things to do. What am I doing right now? Writing this blog post with the intention to either watch a new Netflix show or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them straight after.
Why do I procrastinate so much? I don’t think I even have an answer to that question. It’s just a bad habit I picked up and hung onto. I remember in my early high school years I used to be a perfect student, I was terrified of getting into trouble and I ALWAYS without fail did my homework and handed it in on time. When I got to my 4th year of high school, I started talking back to teachers and sticking my middle finger up at them behind their backs. By the time I got to my last year of school, I was carrying on with the teachers I liked, avoiding those I didn’t like and putting all my time and effort into charity events because I hated school so much. As a person I evolved.
At college when things got heated with the event I was organising, me and the other two girls ended up getting loads of extensions for basically every class since the event was close. I guess perhaps that got me accustomed to not handing work in on time. Now at university, I have had extensions for a lot of assignments due to not being very well and even the ones I handed in on time were rushed to the last minute.
I am terrible at prioritising things and getting them done on time to the point that I even end up re-scheduling blog posts for days later than intended. I don’t set out to procrastinate but it tends to just happen, it follows me around like a black cloud.
Even when it comes to applying for a job/work experience I procrastinate yet again and end up applying much later than I set out to, or else I don’t end up applying at all because I miss the deadline. For example: I heard about an opportunity to get experience with a PR company a couple weeks ago where the woman was visiting my uni. I slept in that day and missed the slot she was in the uni and then left it too long to email her despite the fact that public relations is an industry I am interested in.
No matter what I do, even if its something I am excited about, or something I know I will enjoy or will be good for me, I end up procrastinating which in some cases causes me to miss out on that opportunity.
How much do you procrastinate? What are your tips to spend less time procrastinating? What are your tips for getting things done?