My second year of uni has finally come to an end, so now I have plenty of time to write blog posts without feeling guilty for not revising or writing essays! Today I thought it would be a good chance for me to show how I keep myself as organised as possible, especially now that I will be going into my third and final year of university, and so I thought sharing my ways of keeping organised might be useful for any other students who need some top tips!
Personally, I prefer writing everything down on my calendar, because I like to see everything in one place rather than flicking through loads of pages to find a particular day. However, I do also have a diary and use the diary on my phone, especially when I start to get really busy, because it means I have all the important dates nearby. Since I always have my phone on me, it is useful to use the calendar on my phone if I quickly need to write something down, and it also comes up as a reminder on the day. However having a physical calendar above my bed in my room means I can check what things I am up to for that month so I don’t forget anything!
I use one folder per year, which may not be enough for some people and their courses, but I have found this works for me. At A-level, I had one folder per subject, but I don’t need so many now I’m at uni. I use folders for any hand outs and print outs, essays which I have got back from being marked, and feedback from those essays. I also make sure to get dividers for my folders, so that it is clear where each module starts and ends. I also use those little colourful stickers that you can get at WHSmith or any other stationary shop, and stick them at the top of each module so that I can find them easily if I quickly need to find something.
This is an obvious one, but being an English literature student, I need more than one notebook. I love the ones that come with dividers already in them (again you can get them from places like WHSmith) and I tend to use one per semester. The ones I use come with five dividers/sections, so as I have four modules per semester it works out really well, and I use the fifth section as a revision/essay planning section, so everything is in one place.
As I am going into my third year, I need to start planning my dissertation (yay) so I have a notebook specifically for ideas, books I need to read/buy, notes from meetings with my dissertation supervisor and all that fun stuff, because I know that if I don’t write it down I will forget something important. I am also thinking of getting a folder just for my dissertation next year, so that I don’t have to worry about losing anything, and it’s also an excuse for me to do more stationary shopping!
I also do a lot of activities outside of my course, and one of them is a society called Let’s Act, which I will be co-leading next year. I am using a notebook for all of the ideas I have for the society, and will use it to plan out sessions over the summer and nearer the time, as well as writing down any important notes which I don’t want to forget.
So those are my top three ways of keeping organised at university! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if it was useful, please let me know in the comments! I’d also love to know how you guys keep organised for either school, university or just everyday life!