Now that deadlines for essays and assignments are starting to creep ever closer, fresher’s week is probably starting to feel like a distant memory. You barely have time go to lectures never mind all the societies that you signed up to in Welcome Week. Our top tips will help you keep up with your assignments as well as enjoying uni life.
- Be organised
Make sure you know exactly when all you assignments are due, and how you need to hand them (sometimes they’re submitted electronically via Blackboard, sometimes they need to be given directly to your school reception). You don’t want to miss your deadline simply because you didn’t know where to hand your essay in!
Once you know all your deadlines you can start planning what work to tackle first. But don’t forget to take into account that some assignments will take longer than others, so try to plan accordingly.
- Don’t move in to Alan Gilbert
It’s good to start effective studying habits as soon as possible at uni, but it’s also never too late to start! The libraries around campus can be a really great place to write your essays. Hopefully the studious atmosphere will help you focus and you will be away from distractions like your housemates and the fridge (although you will still have to be strict with yourself about Facebook procrastination!) However, spending too much time in the library is not advisable either. Every year students quite literally move in, armed with kettles and pillows to power on through their assignments but this is not good for your health or your grades.
- Don’t completely abandon your social life!
Following on from the last point, it’s important to have a bit of variety in your study routine. So go for a swim, head along to a society meeting or pop out for a coffee with a mate. When you get back to your studies you’ll feel refreshed and you’ll get more work done. Plus it might help you think of new ideas. But do try and stay clear of drinking excessively – going to the library with a hangover is a headache you can do without. Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself too. University is an intense (and amazing!) experience and it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed at times.
- It’s never too late to ask for help!
The longer you leave your concerns the worse they will get. So if you don’t understand an assignment, speak to your lecturer immediately. You won’t be the first person to have had a problem with an assignment. There are also lots of other resources at the university to help you.
If you feel like there are other factors affecting your work you can speak to our Student Support Advisor, who can offer help and guidance on these issues.
0161 275 3781/3033