Tips, Skills & Resources

RSU: 10 Academic Tips for the Spring Semester


We hope you’ve all had a well-deserved, relaxing break over the Christmas period and you’re ready to rock those exams and assessments! Here are 10 top tips for studying.

1. Get a calendar or planner – and use it

Time management is critical. You alone are responsible for knowing and meeting deadlines. Create a schedule that involves lectures, study time, campus activities, and work obligations.

2. Prioritise

This is about knowing what is important. Rate your tasks in order of priority, and tackle them in order of importance doing the most important first.

3. Organise your place of study/work

Ensure that your study area is a nice environment. Organise your books, papers or equipment so that they can be easily accessed. Searching for things is a big time-waster. Tidy Desk = Tidy Mind.

4. Stay informed

Remember your timetables, room locations, deadlines and guidelines for assignments. It’s your responsibility to do this – no-one will remind you! Your programme and module handbooks are the best source of information about your programme of study.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

And don’t wait until it’s too late!

6. Go to see your lectures

That’s why they have office hours, but don’t wait until the last minute.

7. Take responsibility

Go to your classes, do your assignments, ask questions when you don’t understand something – and remember, how well you perform is all up to you.

8. Understand the marking scheme

To be successful, it is important for you to understand what is needed in each of your modules. Read the marking criteria, understand how much each assessment is worth – if you are unsure ask your lecturer.

9. Avoid Procrastination

Develop strategies that help you resist being hindered by procrastination. The world won’t implode if you don’t do all the washing up! Completing one small task soon after waking up is very empowering and can reduce the risk of procrastination.

10. Take care of yourself

Make sure you are attending to the three basics for health and well-being, which are sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.

About the Author

University of Roehampton

Roehampton is a small, friendly, collegiate community in a beautiful environment where students can live, learn and socialise together. Our historic campus in southwest London boasts excellent facilities as well as easy access to the world-class museums, libraries and galleries of one of the most exciting and successful cities in the world.