Everyone knows that when you’re a student at UAL you have to study very, very hard and there are tons of things to do. And it’s true because it’s an amazing university and it has to maintain its’ reputation by keeping us busy. But there are ways you can do it and not lose your marbles.
Writing things down or drawing
This is a very common tip for getting and staying organised. It is impossible to keep absolutely everything in your head, so jotting down ideas, to-do lists, reminders and even names of people can be really useful. And as long as you keep using this tool you will not forget things anymore.
Some people are not massive fans of writing but we’re all creative people so maybe drawing is the answer. Drawing little diagrams, sketches of ideas and plans can be just as good. Your mind is incredibly active all the time and putting things down on paper is just a way of helping your mind stay clear. Try out different things and see what method works for you. Some people prefer using their phone as a calendar and some people like to keep it old school and use a paper planner. It’s an interesting process finding your ideal method.
Knowing what’s going on
If you want to stay on top of things and not feel anxious all the time, you need to check your emails regularly and follow all the relevant events on your course. It’s really easy once you make that a habit. If you are experiencing problems with your university email or Moodle, don’t be scared to ask for help at the student centre. They can also help with your timetable and other important things that will help you make the most of your time here.
Dealing with things one step at a time
To-do list on three A4 pages on the last week before an assignment is due… five Redbulls a day… absolute panic – sounds familiar? We’ve all been there. And then we all wish we had started all this weeks ago. The solution to this is actually starting weeks before your assessment. One step at a time.
You don’t have to finish an essay on the day you found out about it but you can, for example, visit some museums or go to some events that might give you an idea of what you would like to write about. Don’t try to do everything at once. It’s too stressful. Again it’s a matter of developing good habits.
Individual mentoring sessions and study support
You are here to learn and no one starts their course with perfect time management skills and knowledge about everything. There will be times when you will need help and there is a lot of support that the university can provide for you.
- Here is where to find out more about academic support available to all UAL students: http://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/library-services/academic-support–research/academic-support-for-students/
- There is also a university-wide, peer-mentoring programme that you can get involved in as a mentor or mentee. This allows you to get support from other students and support others in return: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msyl2_SHvtU
- Here is some advice if you are/suspect you might be dyslexic or in any way struggling with a disability (this can be physical as well as mental). Don’t be scared to ask for help! http://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/student-services/disability–dyslexia/
- As a bonus Time Out has done a list of 23 really beautiful and inspiring to do lists. But don’t get too frightened. That’s only one way of dealing with tasks! http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/23-beautiful-to-do-lists-from-people-way-more-organised-than-you-091916