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Organise your study spaces

Design your workspace

  1. Go window shopping. Choose what would work best for you to store your notes.
    • Include folders, arch lever folders, journal holders.
  2. How will you organise your different subjects and activities?
    • Don't forget to include a section for revised notes and lecture summaries that you make after your lectures!
  3. How will you remind yourself of things to do urgently?

Everyone does things differently. It's important to find study spaces that suit you!

  • Explore the university library spaces. Some students prefer to have other students around and prefer the discussion section of the library!
  • You may find you need a place with very little distraction or you may find you need to work in an environment that has a window view!
  • At home establish a study space that is yours! Use the space around your desk to structure your activities! You may use filing trays to organise urgent timelines and others for ongoing work.
  • Some students find using journal holders useful! You may wish to have one for each of your subjects and colour code these.
I remember hearing about this famous philosopher at Cambridge, called Wittgenstein, who used to store his lecture notes in shoe boxes. I thought that was an interesting idea. What I did was I used them to store audio tapes of lectures and also some disks. I had a different shoe box colour for each subject. It was a great idea because I was recycling and not spending a fortune on expensive storage …
— Bill
Juggling stationery
  • Decide before you start what type of stationery you will need for your notes and the folder system you will want to store these in. Again, colour coding your subjects could be useful!
  • A useful idea is to have the most important and urgent tasks near your working station and other tasks that are less urgent, such as filing, further away from you. Divide and compartmentalise your spaces to suit your needs!
  • Starting on an efficient and logically organised spatial system that suits you will last you throughout your university course and also in your working life.
  • If you're doing a thesis or major work such as an all year project, then spending some time organising your space and filing system will place you in a better position to deal with the information you'll be printing out and needing to synthesise too!
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