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Guest post: Rachel Campbell

With exams approaching, you should be thinking about how to get better at time management and organize your days so you can strike the right balance between home, work and university life. You should also try and eat some brain food - and no, we don't mean crisps and energy drinks!

By taking the time to arrange your priorities, you can give yourself the best chance of staying on track and organized during the exam period, which in turn can help reduce stress levels, something that can be the difference between success and failure at university.

Take a look at our top seven time management tips, so that you can do your best at university and also find moments to relax and even earn some money on the side.

1) What do you have to do?


The first stage of improving your time management is to list absolutely everything that you have to do. This may sound obvious, but speaking from experience, most students tend to leave important tasks until the last minute, which can impact on the quality of their work and their overall grade.

Include any university deadlines as well as any shifts you work on the list, and make a note of how much time each priority will take out of your schedule.

2) Create a life schedule


Whether it’s a pin-up planner, a timetable or a calendar on your phone, find an organizing tool that works well for you and add your list of priorities to it. There are many time management apps that can help with this. Also, think about when you are most alert, so that you can plan your study periods around these times.

Find time for socializing, but also make sure that you get enough sleep. Most people need between 7 to 8 hours sleep every night to remain focused and alert during study periods.

3) Be flexible but realistic


Typically, allow around 8-10 hours a day for working, studying, socializing and anything else practical you need to do.

As a full-time student, you’re expected to dedicate 35 hours a week to university studies, including the time you spend in seminars and lectures. If you only spend 15 hours a week attending tutor-led learning, you should use the extra 20 hours for independent study.

It’s also important to remember that things often take longer than expected. So, allow a little extra time in case you spend longer on a task than you thought you would.

4) Allow time for planning to avoid repetition


Taking the time to research, plan and think about your work is crucial for good time management. Allow yourself the time to process new information and plan how you are going to use it, as this can help you to avoid having to re-read and repeat any research.

One way of effectively planning before researching is to make a list of everything you want to find out, so that you can make notes below each subheading as you go.

5) Avoid procrastination and distraction


One way to avoid procrastination is to think about the different places you have been when studying – where were you the most focused? Where were you most distracted? Is there anything you can do to make studying actually somewhat enjoyable?

Remember, what works for one person might not necessarily work for you.  For some, studying with friends can limit their productivity. But for others, studying in groups can help to increase motivation and avoid procrastination.

6) Exercise to clear your head in between study sessions


Believe it or not, exercise works in the same way sleep does. It can focus your state of mind, helping you to clear your head and boost your brain power in between study sessions. If you’re new to exercise, aim to fit in a 10-minute run here and there, steadily increasing the amount you do as you go on. 

7) Has your organization been effective?


Constantly reviewing and reassessing your schedule can help you to recognize whether you need to make any changes in order to help you complete any university tasks and also have time to relax and spend time with friends and family.

Rachel Campbell is a creative content writer for Pure Student Living, a provider of high quality student accommodation situated in a number of locations throughout London.

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When I was younger I did not have a modern cell phone, so I did my homework, studied and worked without distractions. The problem with time started when I got a new cell phone and hired cable, after that I can not concentrate, watch TV or use the cell phone is much more interesting than anything else. I wake up at four-thirty, brush my teeth, get dressed, have breakfast, and go to work at five o'clock, I start to work at five forty o'clock, and I usually go on the three o'clock, I work five days a week, but at work I get distracted by my cell phone.
On Mondays and Wednesdays I have postgraduate, then I leave work, I have a snack and I go to university, arriving there I should study and do work, but I stay in the social media, the course starts at seven until eleven, later I go home. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have an English course, after I leaving work I go to the school and should do my homework and study, but stay on the Internet is more interest, the course starts at six thirty and goes until eight after that I go home.
On Fridays, I usually visit my mother, go out with friends, go to stores, and other things. Over the weekend I clean my house, do the laundry and stay with my family. Because of my routine, I don't have time to study, do homework, and practice English, among others. If I don't solve this problem about saving time. I will not learn English, finish the postgraduate, besides that throwing money away.
My friends tell me that I must set aside some time in my schedule to study and in that time I should not surf the internet, that I should make a list of things to do during the day, and my professor told me that I have to do all the homework. I need help solving the timesaving problem. What can I do to save time? What is your opinion on this topic? Do you have any suggestion?

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I didn't join the university yet but I am going to use this tips in my studying for the school I have two years to join the university so I should work hard to get to the university I want and this tips is going to help me a lot ..thank you very much

Thanks so much for so many great tips on better using your time! I'm sure things like researching and planning out the work that needs to be done and evaluating whether or not you've been effective would be things that would also be helpful to consider in a business environment. I bet it would really benefit companies to consider their organizational methods and conduct trainings in order to improve.

What jobs use time management as a necessity?

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I recommend trying the iSmart.Life app. I use this app to planning my goals, tasks, projects.This is a very simple and free web app. Has many useful features: goals, projects, budgets, notes, reports, etc You can see the demo and decide whether it suits you or not...

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This is me Wakil Ahmad Hamidi, I am one of recently school graduated student and I would like to study Medical Faculty abroad, but I don't have any fund, what should I do?
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I am much more interested in this part!
I would like to study just by English language therefore I need to be enrolled in the university where teachs by English.
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Looking forward to the answer!

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Hi Wakil, you can read about study destinations where you can study in English at a low cost here. You could also look for a scholarship - full scholarships can be competitive and difficult to find, but you may be able to find one. We've listed a range of medical scholarships here. Hope this helps, and good luck!

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TRUE! I can tell you my story as I study bioorganic chemistry and doing Fencing professionally. It's my first year, and somehow I started not to find any spare time for studies. That's quite odd, isn't it? Well, I still finish the tasks on the deadlines, but night studying became overwhelming... I was going out too much, so prioritizing and schedule my time helped me to bring back my sleep routine to the regular stage.

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Great read, always looking for extra ways to be more efficient around the office.

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Thank you for the smart tips. In my student time, I often had a feeling that there are not enough hours in a day to complete all the tasks, but I believe that was just a lack of time managing skills. I actually helped with the article about habits of effective students (you can read it by the following link if you like http://blog.noplag.com/10-habits-of-highly-effective-students/), and time management was an important part because it's important that you develop effective strategies for the time organizing. So thank you again for the helpful and interesting post.

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Thank you Rachel! Smart people never waste time. It's important to find the balance between the studying and between the leisure. Setting the priorities helps to sort the task in order of necessity and then to devote most time to the most important tasks. Besides, living in the digital age gives us lot's of advantages. The only thing we should always keep in mind is that our brain needs rest too, so it is important to schedule time to relax.

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