The Beginner's Guide To Staying Organised In College/University

Hello beautiful people, I hope you've had a fantastic week! As you can tell from the title of this post, I'm going to be sharing some tips and tricks to stay organised and study better. I have about 2 days till my first week back at university, which means that soon enough I'll end up in the corner of my room with a tub of ice cream in hopes that my fairy Godmother will magically complete the pile of assignments on my desk. To avoid falling behind in college/university, I can't emphasise enough on the importance of a productive study space, staying organised and managing your time well. The tips and tricks that will be mentioned are mainly the ones that I found most helpful, but I understand that each person studies and stays organised in different ways so these may/may not work for you. I suppose you're just going to have to try it out and see how it goes!

|| Agenda/Planner ||
In my high school, we were each given an agenda every year to keep track of assignments, assessments and other important events.  Once I graduated, I felt lost and confused without an agenda, as my agenda was my baby! It helped me stay on track as I wrote basically everything down in them such as to do lists, due dates, extracurricular activities, birthdays, youtube videos and blog posts. Not having to rely on your memory and having something to refer to everyday to remind you of what is due on what days will save you so much time! 

|| Folders ||
Everyone needs a folder to keep all your handouts in, so that you don't misplace any of it. Folders make it easier to keep everything together so that you don't end up losing any of them and it will be easier to find when you're writing up your notes and/or studying. I personally find that file folders are not only easier and don't take up a lot of space but they're also very inexpensive. I usually get plain ones of different colours and each colour would be for a specific subject, that way it was easier to differentiate between them. 

|| Stationary ||
Do you really want to be the person that always asks others for a pencil or eraser and relies on their friends to constantly lend their stationary? Get a cute pencil case or even a makeup bag (Typo & Ban.Do have some of my favourites!) and fill it with the essentials. Essentials include pens, pencils, an eraser, white-out, a mini stapler, highlighters, and post its! 

|| Notebooks ||

5 Subject Notebooks are the way to go in terms of notebooks, that way you have all your notes in one place. It's a lot better than taking notes on loose leafs of paper that would most likely be all over the place!  I realised that having all my notes in one place makes me more productive during the breaks I have as I can work on assignments or add more notes to any of the subjects I'm doing. 

|| Thumbdrives / External Hard Drive ||

Lecturers and tutors will always tell you to keep a backup of all the documents on your laptop, just in case your laptop/desktop crashes. I used to be very flippant about it with the presumption that it would never happen to me; until the day it did. My laptop crashed mid assignment and it was a very painful experience, lucky for me I managed to find a recovered copy of the assignment but ever since then, I backup my laptop at least once a week onto an external hard drive. 

|| Backpack ||
 Well first of all, you're going to need something to carry all of the things above to and from your classes. When I first started university, I had the mentality that I need to carry it all in style hence I invested in a quality handbag that comes with a shoulder strap, until I began getting lots of knots in my back and along my shoulder blade then I made the switch to a backpack - it puts less weight on your shoulders and is also a lot better for your back! It is definitely a switch you'd want to make if you carry an agenda, pencil case, notebooks, a water bottle, purse/wallet, a laptop and chargers. 

Those are all the organisational tips I have for you today! Good luck with your semester, I hope it's filled with lots of great memories and funny stories. 

Do you have any organisational tips that you find really helps you? Share it with us! 

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