Study Tips for a Successful Year

February 7, 2018

2018 is already well underway, and now is the time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to set yourself up for a successful year at uni. A little time spent now taking some basic steps can make the rest of the year much easier for you and remove many of the worries you might have.


  • Uni email account daily (Tip: install an app of the email in your smartphone to give you notifications when you receive emails)
  • Your timetable and any changes and make sure you understand it
  • Your deadlines and meet them. Late submission is penalised.
  • Reading lists, these are vital. FindIt / use the library.
  • UniLearn (Blackboard) for all course information


  • Get things done early, start assignments as soon as they are given. Work first, have fun later. Apply this to everything – essays, coursework, projects, revision. (Tip: Student Development and Study Skills can help with organisation, essay writing, referencing)
  • Prioritise your work effectively
  • Group work is only effective if you set a plan. Set a goal and manage your time to produce high quality work and achieve the goal in time.


  • Print off any available lecture notes beforehand.
  • Go to Lectures. They aren’t 'optional’. Often material covered provides a basis for later classes or practical work.
  • Make your own notes during lectures and reading. (Tip: If you find it hard to make notes quickly stick to key points and go over examples and other extra information with a friend afterwards).
  • Ask for notes off someone else or do the reading if you miss a lecture (everyone does occasionally)
  • Read through your notes after the lecture to make sure they’re still legible and make sense.
  • Organise your notes. File them, or keep everything in one notebook. (Tip: Look for a note-keeping application (like MS Office OneNote or Notability for iPad) to store electronic copies/scans of notes.)
  • Remember to back up your work!
  • Ask for feedback. Whether you have done well or not, talk to your lecturer as guidance for your next assignment
  • If you are feeling unenthusiastic about your course or wondering if university is for you, and these tips aren’t going to do the trick and you would like to talk to someone about this; the following support is available.

(These tips were inspired by The Student Room).

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