My student days are long gone however there were a few tips I learnt along the way on how to stay organised. I never was the most organised person at home, my room would always be a tip but I did like to stay on top of things with college work and organisation was key. If you are wanting to be more organised yourself or are starting university next term then these tips may be helpful for you.
Use a planner
Whether that be a white board on your wall in your room or a personal planner the best way to stay organised is have somewhere to jot everything down. This can be used to keep on top of your assignment deadlines, finances as well as personal life such as doctors appointments.
Make to-do lists
Make to do lists for your planner each day, they should only take 5-10 minutes to prepare each day and you can do them the night before for the following day. I also like to make to-do lists on my phone and a great app for that is "todoist". I use it for my personal life but it would also be great for any student and it also syncs with your laptop.
Make a schedule
As as student you can often feel overwhelmed or like you can never get everything done. Before you let everything get on top of you sit down and write out a faily schedule on a piece of paper, on a excel sheet on the pc or even on a white board. Once you have a schedule in place stick to it as best as you can. Designate specific blocks of time for free time, study time, classes, work and your food shop. By using a schedule it won't take you long to get into a routine which works best for you.
If you're starting University next term you will need to be finance savvy as a student as you can't rely on the bank of mum and dad forever. TSB have a Student bank account which may be helpful in those first few weeks of adjusting to student life. It's really easy to switch from your current bank account and it can be done within the 7 day switching period for free! For more information click here to switch from your current bank account.
Establish a study area
Whether you are still living at home or living at halls it's a good idea to establish a at home study area where there are no outside distractions from friends or family. Don't study in front of the TV or in an area where you're bound to be distracted. Hand up a "do not disturb" sign on your door if needed. Set up a desk area, organise your work into folders for each subject you are studying and also have a area for all of your stationary. If you keep it clean and tidy then it will keep you more motivated.
Do you have any tips to share on staying organised as a student?
* In collaboration with TSB
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