No matter what year of university you’re heading into, there’s always something you can be doing to get organised for the year ahead to give yourself the best start possible. Here are some top tips on how you can get prepared for the upcoming academic year over summer:
Take the time to have a clear out and organise your living and work space. Get rid of anything you no longer need to make way for the new materials you’ll have for the year ahead. Decluttering your space has been proven to have many benefits including increased productivity, increased creativity and better sleep. A tidy space means a tiny mind! It always helps me to feel refreshed before I start the next part of my university journey.
Do some research.
Before going into your next year at university, take time to do some research for whatever’s coming up. For instance, make sure you set time aside to research the different modules on offer the following year so you can start to think about the ones you want to do. You could even start to look into dissertation topics and titles if you’re heading into third year. It’s also a good idea to look at whether there are any recommended books for what you are studying, so you can beat the rush to get them when university is back in full swing!
Look over your CV & LinkedIn.
No matter what stage of your university journey you’re in, it’s always a good idea to update your CV and LinkedIn profile regularly. Or, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile or a CV you’re completely satisfied with, why not create them this summer? You can check out my article on why a LinkedIn profile is important for students if you need some extra information! The Careers Service is still open during the Summer, so be sure to pop into The Atrium on the 1st floor of University Place for any assistance and advice you need.
Sort out your money.
If your budgeting skills aren’t great, read up on budgeting hints and tips this summer ready for the year ahead. You could even make a budget plan for the next semester, factoring in how much of your student loan you’ll have and any other income. If you want a part-time job alongside studying but haven’t been able to find one yet, use some time this summer to find one! Hand out your CVs around Manchester or check out Careers Link for the latest vacancies.
Take some time for yourself and chill out!
Whilst it’s important to get organised for the next part of your university experience, it’s also equally important to set time aside for yourself and chilling out! You’ve worked hard all year round, so make the most of summer to recharge your batteries and enjoy the freedom of having no university work to do! Spend time with friends and family and make time for any activities that you enjoy.