The new academic year has started. We bring to your attention a selection of tips that will help you write notes, successfully prepare for seminars and, as a whole, effectively organise your study process.

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1. Do Not Neglect Routine Tasks

The sequence of actions is the key to success. Make a work schedule for a week and follow it systematically. However, not to be humdrum, from time to time follow the activities that are not indicated in your schedule.

2. Develop a Set of Rules

Set a number of clear rules for yourself. For example, submit projects on time, start preparing for exams at least 2 weeks beforehand, and so on. Make sure to follow these rules.

3. Record Important Information

No one can boast of an ideal memory. If you strive to remember everything, your life will become a complete stress. Therefore, write down all the important information about key events, as well as your ideas and tasks. Thanks to information recording, you will get rid of unnecessary tension and fear of forgetting something important.

4. Set Deadlines

Always put clear deadlines for submitting reports and projects. Distribute the amount of work for the entire period, without delaying its implementation until the very last day (or, even worse, until a sleepless night). Take care of your health and nerves!

5. Eliminate All Distractions from Learning

When starting classes, remove telephone, magazines, and other things from your desk that you do not need during studies. Set aside all these things for at least 2 metres.

6. Focus on the Current Task and Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin

When shifting from one task to another, you risk to fail both of them. If you find it difficult to concentrate, try the following technique: write what you are doing now on a sheet of paper and place it in front of you in a well visible place.

7. Clean Your Desk

At the end of each week, review notes, brochures, and other things that are on your desk. Put all that you do not need at the moment into boxes or on shelves. Making order on the table helps you better concentrate on studying.

8. Stick Reminders to the Wall

Hang key materials on the wall. Having them in clear view, you will not forget the basic things – both in terms of educational material and regarding important tasks that need to be completed.

9. Have a Separate Notebook for Each Subject

For each subject, there should be a separate notebook! If you use only a laptop, create a separate document (file) for each subject. This way, your notes will be more streamlined.

10. If the Task Takes Two Minutes or Less, Do It Right Away

Quick tasks are, for example, sending a note to a classmate, sending emails and the like. Do not put them into cold storage, as they tend to accumulate or you may forget about them.

Source: student.si

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