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Five tips to set yourself up for a year of study success

Five tips to set yourself up for a year of study success

With a new university semester fast approaching, it is important to use this time to plan how you will manage another year of study. These tips will help you quickly get back into the swing of things after three months of holidays and set you up for a year of study success.

1. Organise your study area. A clean and clutter free work environment will reduce your stress levels.  Have a designated study area and keep it organised. Think about investing in:

  1. A filing cabinet to contain all your study notes;
  2. Pen holder or a pencil case to keep everything in one place (especially if it constantly moved around); and
  3. Ensuring that your computer files are also organised. Control ‘f’ doesn’t always work.

2. Buy a diary/wall planner. Keeping track of your university timetable, assignments, study commitments, work schedule and social events will help you keep on top of things from week one. It will also save you from accidentally double booking yourself. Also invest in a ‘to do’ list pad or utilise the one in your diary. Crossing out your ‘to dos’ is extremely satisfying and will ensure that you complete your tasks.

3. Set yourself goals. Having a clear plan of what you want to achieve each semester will keep you motivated and focused. Do you want to pass all your units? Do you want credits and distinctions? Or do you want straight HD’s? Your goal could then be to spend an extra hour a week revising or to complete extra tutorial questions. It is also a good idea to set mini goals that can be achieved throughout the semester as this will help you stay motivated.

4. Summarise your notes weekly. This will ensure that you avoid the stress of having over a hundred pages of notes that you need to read over and summarise during SWOTVAC. It will also ensure that you identify any gaps in your knowledge early on, which gives you more time to do additional research and to ask questions. Additionally, you should schedule weekly revision blocks for each subject so that you don’t fall behind in any subject. 

5. Form a study group. Having weekly or fortnightly meetings with a group of friends will motivate you to stay on top of your work. It gives you a chance to talk about areas in the course that you are finding a bit confusing. You can also discuss study tips and find out how your friends are managing the unit.

These are my tips, but it’s over to you – what are your best tips for study success?

About the author: Stephanie Pasharis is a law student at Monash University and an avid reader.

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