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One thing that I find that drives me crazy is when my life is not organised. If you’re the one to get anxiety from disorganisation then hopefully this post will help you at University.
I currently study LLB Law at University. (Originally, I was studying BA English however, this course was not for me so I’m currently in the first year again). Studying 4 modules per semester can get quite hectic so I have found a way to stay on top of things. (All products will be listed below).
Step 1: Establish a way to file your loose documents
The first step is to find dividers and a folder that works for you. I bought any random lever arch file and my dividers are from WHSmith. These dividers are helpful because you can list your topics and they come with sticky tabs that you can write on.
I have separated my work into the 4 modules, including the lecture handouts then my notes from lectures. This helps keep all them pesky loose papers in one place and safe. Ideally, this folder is kept at home however, you can also place them in separate folders to keep them portable and light. I found this method easier because I can locate what I need and when I need it.
Not only has this helped me from losing papers but my desk is a lot tidier as they have a home. I find using wallets in my folders not helpful because they are larger than the divider. Also, it eventually starts to look messy. However, if this works for you then stick to it, but a folder is deffo worth spending your time organising.
Step 2: Find a method of note taking
The second thing I always have to make sure is that my revision notes are aesthetically pleasing. By this, I don’t mean crazy pretty or measured centimetre to centimetre. There just has to be an obvious heading and subheadings.
Colours are essential! I like to highlight my subheadings with my Tombow dual brush pens when taking notes that require less time. I then go in with my Pigma Micron fine liners (or my Staedler fine liners) for subheadings or questions. I feel like it helps keep the page neat and organised, rather than a huge clump of writing on one page.
As you can see in the picture, I make sure that each heading’s importance is noticeable by size and colour. I find this helps a lot with exams as you can almost picture what the page looks like. One thing to note is that you should not spend too much time, it can get very consuming because I love to doodle. As long as you have a clean and clear poster, you should be good to go.
Step 3: Get a diary!
Yes, keeping a diary is a very long process. But, the only way to stay fully organised is to plan. I bought this diary at my University shop so any journal will do. I personally like this one because it has bullet journal vibes without the time-consuming process. (If you would like a tutorial on how I fill this in and design it let me know x)
I’m all about aesthetics so yes, you will find a lot of calligraphy and colours in my work. The pens I use weekly are my Tombow dual brush pens, micron fine liners and a secondary pen in the same colour as my brush pen.
The main point here is to work out your Universtiy timetable. Every Sunday, I set a designated time when free to plan what I have to do during the week. As you can see, I have placed the time of my lectures/tutorials on the left along with what the event is. Anything that I have missed, I can record here.
Adding a little post-it note to the side of the page for that week allows you to write a to-do-list. This is super helpful to stay on track and make sure that you actually look at it. It has worked without fail and anything that I forget to do is written on next week’s post-it note.
So that’s pretty much how I stay organised. Some weeks I may slack a little but a plan is always sorted out earlier on in the week to avoid any stress and confusion.
What I use:
Bic wite-out corrector pen
Pigma Micron Fineliners
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Staedler Medium Rainbow Ballpoint pens
Staedler Triplus Fineliners
Thank you for reading! I hope this helped and let me know what you think!