So you’ve somehow made it through the first year of university and are ready for the challenge of the second year. But after that enjoyment of student life and the somewhat smaller step from A-level than GCSE to A-Level was, its probably time to give some thought of how you are going to tackle the second year of your degree. Plus this year count towards you finally degree, the first year didn’t, so time to make those plans.
I’m here today with maybe a post that can help with that. Some helpful tips and tricks that should hopefully help you get those grades you want. So here we have it


Revise from the get-go

As much as we all say we’re going to revise from the start of the year when lectures start, for some of us that are even as early as freshers week, I can bet you that the percentage of people who actually do is very small. However, starting writing up your notes from lectures as soon as possible into the year will definitely help you around exam season, as well as all the class tests and assignments throughout the year. As you’ve probably heard one too many times, but is really key, consolidation is a major player in getting the grades you want.

Learn how to take notes in lectures

This will obviously be different for everyone, but learn what works best for you. This means that you’ll get the most out of your lectures, seminars and tutorials. It can take time to find how you best take notes, and if one way doesn’t work for you don’t worry about changing it up. I can’t give much advice on another subject but if you want to know how I take notes as a physics student let me know and I’ll make a post about it.

Schedule in downtime

Oh wow how this is important.
The pressures hit you hard in the second year if they haven’t hit you in the first year. And the workloads just multiples exponentially. But setting aside some time, either each day or each week or even each month will really help you in every aspect in the long run. As students, one thing we forget about doing is looking after our mental health, and honestly, we should care for it just as much as our physical and emotional health. So make time for some downtime, even if it is just watching some funny cat videos [or in my case K-pop videos] during your study breaks.

Talk to someone if you’re having a hard time

I feel as students sometimes we feel as if we should already know everything even before we been to any lessons. Just me? And that can lead to feeling helpless and lost when we don’t understand something or just have no idea what to do. So ask for help. Even if it’s just a friend or coursemate if you don’t understand the assignment, ask. Honestly, I wish I asked for more help from people on my course and even lecturers. And it doesn’t just have to be about the work, I finally went to go talk to my tutor when I was getting really stressed about my placement year, and just talking it through with someone really helped me out. It also led me to my work placement, which was great since there aren’t too many 6 month placements out there. In all just don’t lock yourself away.



Kind of covered in downtime and asking for help, but this is more relaxing with friends. Make time for both yourself and other people outside of uni hours. Uni can be a lonely place whatever year you’re in so socialising can be a lifeline in some cases.


Schedules and timetables will become your best friend. Be it a routine for the morning, the evening, or even just a rough time of day where you are going to study set it out and stick to it. Remember how much easier school was on your body, a big part of that is down to the routine you have to be in. Sleeping at set times means your body is up and ready for when you need to start the day. Making studying that much easier with a brain that is more than half awake. Having a routine will also be so helpful during exam season when classes have finished. As soon as you don't have to get up for a 9am the student in you says you can lie in, but in reality, you'll thank me later for telling you it's better to wake up at the set time every day. Well, maybe the weekends we can have off.

In the end, well at least for me, every year of studying doesn’t differ too far from the last. I just learn better techniques for note-taking, studying, releasing stress, and the list goes on.

Maybe after half a year of working and half a year studying in South Korea, I’ll have more and better ways of doing well at university, if so I’ll let you know. But for now, I want to know your number one tip that got you through your second year? And if you haven’t reached the end of the second year of your degree yet what are your top study tips?

- Sophie

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