10 Tips That Every University Student Should Know

10 Tips That Every University Student Should Know

I will start university this September and it will be my first university experience ever, which is why I'm really excited to share today's post with you. To be honest, I've read quite many articles and blog posts on how to survive the first year of university and during my research I've seen some quite simple yet useful tips I'd love to share with you.

Take quality notes

This means no mindless writing. If you feel like something is important, write it down. If you feel like something is not important, don't write it down. Just copying the sentences from the slideshows is never a good idea - try to put everything in your own words and you'll remember the topic much better.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

I feel like this is something a lot of people (including myself) are quite afraid of. Asking questions doesn't mean you're stupid. It means you're interested in the topic that's being covered at that moment. It's okay not to understand and know everything. Besides, why would you even need to go to school if you already knew everything?

Study in an appropriate environment

Avoid studying in bed or on a couch because you may be tempted to take a nap. Sit at a desk if possible. I personally never listen to music during studying because I feel like it's too distracting, but relaxing music may help some of you to focus more on your work.

Make a study schedule

Making a schedule will keep you on track and it's also really useful if you want to avoid procrastination. There are tons of scheduling apps, but I prefer the old school method which simply means using pen and paper. Writing down your tasks is necessary especially if you're short on time.

Eat well & exercise

Veggies are really your best friends. But eating healthy doesn't mean that your diet should consist of vegetables only. Whole grain foods, fruits and berries, nuts and seeds, legumes and eggs - the number of choices is endless. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Don't forget to keep your body in a good shape. Exercising improves your blood flow, it's good for your health and it will help to get rid of stress. Also, sleeping is really important. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Reward yourself

Don't forget to reward yourself every now and then. After every study session, go outside, get a cup of coffee, eat a piece of cake, go shopping or watch your favorite TV show. Do whatever makes you happy because you deserve it. If you're feeling a little bit uninspired, here are listed 155 good ways of rewarding yourself.

Remove all distractions

Turn off your mobile phone and tablet. No chats with friends, no checking Snapchat or Instagram. Turn off your e-mail alerts too. It's better to focus on studying only because every time you try multitasking, your brain starts to switch from one thing to another and therefore the studying process is not as effective as it should be.

Break big projects into steps

Breaking down a big assignment into small assignments will make the task a lot more doable and manageable. Also, don't forget to take small breaks between the assignments.


Take breaks

Our brain absorbs information from the first and last 15 minutes of studying. This means that everything in between will more likely be forgotten. Set a timer for 30 minutes and study non-stop for that time. When the timer goes off, take a small break. Our brains really need time to refresh in order to work to its fullest potential.

Make study cards

After every lecture try to create your own flashcards so that you could later review the topics you need to learn and know. There are also quite many study apps (such as Coursera, Brainscape, Quizlet and Todolist) that will help you along with the study process.

What advice would you give to someone who's starting university?

2 comments

  1. Hi Laura, great post. I will be starting my final year next month and I agree with all the tips you've shared, although I personally never used study cards (yet).

    Apart from the above practical tips, I would also encourage new students to get into a certain frame of mind. I've seen many students in uni who still don't realise that they're not in high school anymore, they don't understand the effort that one needs to make and then they find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of work to do. That's where your practical tips come in. I would also encourage them to be passionate about their subject and not just go on only for the sake of having a paper and a job later on.

    Good luck with your uni adventure! :)

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    1. Awwww! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! I couldn't agree more with you. x

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