With the first day back to lectures approaching fast it’s useful for new and existing students to be as prepared as they can be. Now, if you are anything like me having a checklist really helps to ensure you are organised and prepared.
Having said this, the first part of preparing for lectures for me is stationary! I’m sure for some this may not seem that relevant or important, but I personally find that having new stationary for a new semester helps to not only motivate me but also it greatly helps with organising the various work and my written notes for different modules. I recommend purchasing a notebook or folder with dividers to easily separate the module subjects whilst also keeping all your notes in one place! I tend to try and keep all of my notes visually stimulating so I always purchase different coloured pens and highlighters, these are key for me and I highly recommend them. Depending on the degree you are studying you may need various other parts of stationary for example a calculator, a ruler etc, I would definitely suggest just having a small list prepared of what you will need from the stationary department before going to buy anything to save yourself from making multiple trips.
Have A Plan
Pre-Planning is CRUCIAL! Plan out your route to campus, work out how long it is going to take you to get there and which mode of transport you will be using. Trust me when I say, you do not want to be walking into a packed lecture hall late…AWKWARD! Also, make sure you get enough sleep the night before and that you have set your alarm clock ready for the morning. Allow yourself enough time to wake up, get ready and have breakfast before you need to leave. You want to be well rested and ready to soak up all of the information that will be given to you that day, the first day is always full of all of the necessary information that you will need to know about your modules for that semester, so you need to be alert and take it all in. I suggest packing your bag or case the night before too, this not only saves you a job in the morning but it also means that you have the time to make sure you have everything you need for the next day packed and that you won’t forget anything.
Get Your Timetable
Another thing I find really useful is to either print or write out my timetable for that semester and stick it in my notebook, make sure all of the lecture room numbers are on there too. It can be quite confusing not knowing which room to go to which subject, especially on the first day. This saves you from trying to memorise your timetable or having to try and source it on your phone or laptop. Lastly, I would highly recommend purchasing a big enough bag/satchel/case to hold all of your notes, stationary, reading materials and personal belongings. You need to bring a LOT of things each day so having something big enough to hold it all really comes in handy.
These are all the things I do to prepare for my first day of lectures. If there are any different tips you have that could help other students, please share them with us @GSMLondon using #ChecklistForLectures