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Study life How to keep organised

Managing your time at University can be hard, especially when there are so many distractions on and around campus, not to mention any commitments you might have outside of uni life. But how do you balance your appetite for making the most of your time at University with a healthy attitude to reaching your full potential academically? Psychology student, Amber Falzon, gives us her top three tips for getting the balance right. Make a timetable Undoubtedly the most important method that will help you manage your time and keep on top of work is sticking to a weekly timetable. Drafting a timetable will benefit you in a number of ways. Firstly, it will keep you motivated: people who use timetables are in a better position to complete work earlier and to a better standard. By having your daily goals written in a weekby-week diary, you will find that you are more inclined to commit to them accordingly. Abiding by a timetable will also ensure you can visualise

your week, enabling you to manage your social life and make plans without having to cancel because of unforeseen deadlines and overwhelming amounts of work. Use the library It is best to separate your academic and social life where possible. If you study at home you run the risk of being distracted more easily. It could also mean that you eventually end up associating your home life with the tedious chore of studying. Try using the library to study instead. Not only does the library house resources that are not always available at home or online, it also acts a great place to work in quiet. Alternatively, you can go with a study-buddy, keeping each other motivated and helping one another when you need it. When you leave the library, you can leave the grind behind! It is also important to know when to take a break.

Take notes Avoid the temptation to just sit in class without notetaking; while in the short-term this may seem appealing, it only leads to stress and cramming at the end of the term. Instead, take thorough notes throughout lectures, and try to go over them soon after so you consolidate the knowledge effectively. Leaving everything to the last minute means that you will have forgotten the content and you will find you are starting from scratch. Keeping on top of work throughout the year ensures that you are familiar with your topics and this lessens the pressure when it really matters! Amber Falzon, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...

'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...