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Managing your time

Starting university is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming. All of a sudden you have an enormous amount of time that is all your own, to spend doing whatever you want. If you're not careful, it's very easy to use that time to catch up on Netflix's entire back catalogue, or doing anything other than studying.. Our panellists give their best tips to use your time wisely.

Be organised! Planning beforehand and scheduling your time efficiently helps to get the most important tasks done as well as being able to take out some time to do things you actually would rather do...partying, going out with friends, shopping! Treat yourself after prioritising university work and getting it done on a set timeline.
Sana Nasir, University of Hertfordshire


It's simple: make a good and realistic schedule. Plan your whole week.
Mihail Aittokallio, Linnaeus University

I would recommend a productivity / time management course or book. But if not use tools like Pomodoro and place important tasks at times of high productivity / attention.
Wooyoung Joo, Birkbeck University

Keep a diary, highlight the deadlines, and keep track of the work that needs to be done.
Yanitsa Arnaudova, University of Hertfordshire

Ensure you plan out both academic and personal areas of your life. Write it down as this helps you to stick to your plan.
Conor Lee, Liverpool John Moores University

Be strict with your time, treat university as a job. Spend blocks of time either attending lectures or independently studying. Set a target of 40 hours per week, equivalent of a 9-5 job, and use that as the minimum study time required.
Sam Stevenson, Nottingham Trent University

Keep notes up to date throughout the year so when it comes to exams you can get studying straight away.
Lisa Deakin, Glasgow Caledonian University

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