It’s an important skill to have, but being organised could be vital to you and your studies. If you’re well organised, you’ll be more relaxed and feel better prepared during difficult assignments and tasks.
Here are our top tips on how to keep organised during study:
Create a suitable workspace
Creating a suitable, quiet and relaxing workspace is one of the first steps in becoming organised. An organised workspace will allow you to be able to find items quicker, which will create more time for you to focus on your studies. Get in to the habit of putting items back in their correct places at the end of each study period, so you’ll know where to find them quickly next time.
Plan your time
It’s always best to create a visual calendar/term time plan and put it in a place where you’ll see it daily. This will set you up to be able to hit deadlines on time, and you’ll then be able to prioritize your work and focus on the most important assignments first. Create to-do lists for each day, week or month – depending on how busy your schedule is.
Take regular breaks
Take regular breaks when studying to keep your mind refreshed and your brain focused. Doing too much work at once will cause you to become stressed, which will impact your work and productivity.
Keep a backup of your work
ALWAYS keep a backup of your work – you never know what could happen! If you’ve handwritten notes during class then type them up on a computer afterwards. Make sure all of your work has two copies that are kept in two separate places (such as a file, or on a hard drive).
It’s important to take regular breaks, but it’s also important to remain focused when you are studying. Stop procrastinating, turn off devices and remove anything from your workspace that may distract you. Make sure you follow through with tasks you’ve set on your to-do lists.
What’s your best advice for keeping organised whilst you’re studying? Let us know in the comments below!