Study tips

Date published: October 02, 2017

Top Ten Study Tips

You’ve unpacked your bags, met your course mates, and now your lecturers are starting to mention that dreaded first assignment. University life moves incredibly fast and to help ease your worries, we’ve asked our Skills for Learning team, the Library’s dedicated academic support team, to give you the tips they wish they’d had back when they started at university.

Their top ten study tips for success are drawn from years of working with students to help them get the best marks possible. Grab a pen, a notebook and start jotting these down.

1. Don’t overwhelm yourself. It is important to study and get your assignments in but there is support available, so utilise it. Don’t spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just studying. Make sure you’re making times for yourself as well.

2. Eat well, sleep well and do some exercise. You will be more successful in your studies if you are living well for learning!

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3. Start planning your essays really early, as soon as you get told about them. Get your books and start compiling references that you can use. Use the cite button (“) in Library Search to help you with your reference and then double-check your referencing using our guides

4. Attend our Skills for Learning workshops to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.

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5. Reference the information you use in your assignments as you go along, it really does help.


6. Use flash cards. Memorise them in your spare time to help take the information in. You’ll perform better just by putting these tools into place.

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7. Take an exam workshop – there are plenty of exam skills courses that you can go on.

8. Use the resources in the library. The library has gone through a massive refurbishment and now has more spaces, faster computers and more of them, and lots of resources including books and journal articles. Check out what there is to offer and use what is available to you.

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9. Prepare yourself and gain any experience you can that will help with your course. Make list after list and organise yourself. Once everything is organised you can work through it calmly.

Preparation is the key to success

10. Manage your time – create a checklist so you know what you need to do and when you plan to do it.

The Library’s Skills for Learning team provides research, academic and digital skills training. 

Sessions can be tailored to your needs and linked directly to particularly assignments. You can read more about them here.

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