There’s a great self-help book called “The seven habits of effective people” (available in our library as an ebook). So many books like this are complete rubbish but in my view, this one provides the best advice. And I will take this piece from it:
Begin with the end in mind.
At its most basic level, for new students, this means to think ahead to when your assignments are going to be due or when your exams are. This may appear to be WAY off in the distance after Christmas for example. But beware of ignoring the fact that you will have to do a lot of work at university. So plan ahead for when it is all going to happen. If you haven’t started doing weekly readings for example, this is now the time to catch up on it. Because the readings are there as part of your education and you will certainly need to have done it. So the longer you wait before doing it, the more of a massive task it will be. Oh and the more stressed you will get trying to catch up.
So, look at all your modules and see what assignments/exams you have to do. Put them in a diary or a wall planner. Then work backwards. If a 3,000 word essay is due in January, when are you going to do the work? And allow for the fact you will under-estimate how long it will take to research, plan and write it. Allow tons more time than you think you will need. And work backwards. When will you do the work?
And of course, along the way you need to make sure you keep doing all the other great stuff like sport, exercise, societies and having fun! It takes a bit of thinking about. But it will be worth it!
I have written about this in a book that aims to provide students with a balanced view – and a successful time at university. Labelled for business students but it is definitely useful for all subjects. Available on Amazon and in most book shops.