Summer: Use your time wisely with this simple guide

14 Jun 2018
By Pauline M., Student at King's College London

Are you worried about wasting the summer? Thinking about September already? It’s never too early to start planning for next year, and you can still have fun while you do it.

With these five easy steps you’ll be sure to have a good break and be prepared for uni!

1) Go through the reading lists


Most courses will be eager to provide you with reading lists to introduce next year’s modules. It is worth taking the time to read the entries you think are going to be most relevant and make some notes on them.

There’s no need to write excessive summaries – a couple of bullet points will do the trick. This way, you’ll stock up on useful background knowledge that will help you feel more confident with the new material once your classes start.

2) Review your previous assignments

Whether you spent last year writing essays or lab reports, it would be a good idea to dig them out and go through them again. You may be pleasantly surprised by their quality or wonder how on earth you could have written that!

Either way, reading through your old work will refresh your memory of what you’ve already covered and give you a sense of how well you’ve done. Make a note of both the good and bad aspects of your work. This way, you’ll know your strong points and learn from your mistakes in the upcoming assignments.

3) Put together a list of questions


To reduce stress and feel better prepared to tackle the new material, write down any questions you have during your reading. This way, you will have an idea of which topics to focus on when you resume your studies.

You could also speak to some of your tutors in advance to clear up any confusion. I’m sure they’ll appreciate your effort and be happy to help!

4) Organise your finances

Preparing for the next academic year does not only involve studying. It is important to be up-to-date with any paperwork you may need to complete, especially if it involves money. Make sure to sort out your student loan (if you have one) and provide your bank with any additional documents it may request as proof of your student status.

I have also spent some time budgeting my money in advance so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it in September. I found it useful to split my money across a number of categories that included food, entertainment, and transport to cover all of the necessities.

Read more: 3 ways to make your student loan last

5) Don’t forget to relax!


It’s all good and well being busy, but you don’t want to overwork yourself. In order to be prepared for September, you need to be well rested and have a clear head. You’ll be happier and will actually look forward to studying! Make time for plenty of fun things that you enjoy.

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Pauline is an English Language and Literature graduate and Masters student studying in London.