Top tips to help you with your studies

If you’re coming to DMU in September, here are 10 top tips to help you with your studies whilst you’re here!

  1. Keep track of your deadlines – Put all of your assignment deadlines onto a checklist and put it on your wall or above your desk. This helps you keep a tab of all the work you need to do and all the work you’ve done so far, so you can keep on top of all those assignments.
  2. Attend lectures and seminars – This sounds simple but lectures and seminars help set the groundwork for coursework and exams. So if you miss one, it’s best to get the notes for the work you missed from your tutor or a friend.
  3. Make notes count – Don’t worry about scribbling down all the information from the lecturer’s PowerPoint as they often provide skeleton notes of the presentation or a copy of the presentation on Blackboard. Instead try and note down key information that your lecturer is saying that isn’t covered by the presentation.
  4. Organise your notes – To help you find notes for an essay or to help with revision, it’s best to organise them early on. At the top of your notes, put down the module name and date of the lecture or seminar then type them up and pop them into separate folders. Typing up notes helps remember key information as well as give you clean and clear notes to review later.
  5. Start your work early – Starting work as soon as it is set helps you meet deadlines earlier which gives you extra time to spend on your assignments or allow you to go out with your friends guilt-free.
  6. Break up your workload into manageable chunks – When revising or writing an essay, it is important to break your workload up into manageable chunks. It’s recommended to spend twenty minutes studying and then getting up to get a drink, a snack or a little rest break. This helps keep you focused on your work whilst making sure you don’t get too exhausted or overwhelmed.
  7. Keep in touch with your tutors – It’s important to check in with your personal tutor in case anything happens that may affect your studies, for example a family emergency. By keeping your tutors informed they can help you should you need any additional guidance.
  8. Always ask if you need help – The University offers a wide range of support from personal tutors, the Students Union, as well as the DMU academic support team. If you need help, approach your personal tutor and they will try to help you or point you in the direction of someone who can. Your personal tutors are there to help make sure you get the support you need at university.
  9. Check your student email and Blackboard regularly – It is important to check your student emails regularly as most tutors will contact you with information such as change of lecture rooms, or for things such as assignment feedback. It’s also worth checking Blackboard regularly as resources for each module, lecture slides or skeleton notes as well as Turnitin submission links will be posted on here.
  10. Make the most of your Enhancement weeks – Enhancement weeks are usually a week in term where there is no scheduled lecturers or seminars. Make the most of this week by utilising this time to focus on any outstanding work you need to finish or attend one of the guest lectures or events offered around the campus.

We really hope this information helps and that you all enjoy your time at DMU and wish you lots of success in your studies!

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