Monthly Archives: August 2016

How to get organised: a struggling student’s guide.

Uni is killing me. There’s assignments throwing themselves at me like guys do in a bar (just kidding, I don’t go to bars ;)). It’s so easy to get swept up in the stress and become overwhelmed. 

I’ve realised that I NEED to do something about my organisational skills before I fall back into bad habits. So this is what I’ve done to help me get back into the swing of organisation.

1. BUY A DIARY/PLANNER

This is an obvious yet oh so essential item. Buy a diary or planner and start using it DAILY. Write down everything you have to do. Include homework, assignments and any other necessary information. Make sure you refer back to this to check if you’ve done everything for that day.

2. MAKE A WEEKLY PLANNER 

This, like your diary, should include everything you need to have done that week. Fill in a new one each week and add to it as necessary throughout the week. Put it up somewhere you’ll definitely see it all the time to remind you what to do.

3. ORGANISE YOUR FOLDERS

My folders and books this semester are neatly organised and I even have a reference page at the front of the books of when assignments are due and what they are. Use dividers and plastic pockets and make it look pretty. The more beautiful it is, the more likely you are to keep it up to date.

4. SET ASIDE TIME ONCE A WEEK

Once or twice a week, put aside a few hours to do some assignment work or, in my case, do some writing. My main issue is that I don’t dedicate specific amounts of time to a project and end up doing it the night before (as is the social obligation of the tired and slightly insane uni student). By putting aside, for example, two hours on a Tuesday afternoon purely for study, you’re setting yourself up to be ahead in classes and have assignments complete DAYS before they’re due. I’ve already finished one presentation this way…now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d get to say. 

5. STICK AT IT

My biggest tip is to just stick with it. The more you try to stay organised, the better you’ll get at it. Use your diary and weekly planner, get your books in order and manage your time more effectively and before you know it, you’ll be at the top of the class and stress will be miles away.

Wish me luck in staying organised! I’ll need it…

And let me know if this works for you as well! :mrgreen: xx