4 Things You Should Do Before Commencing Your Degree

4 Things You Should Do Before Commencing Your Degree


Whether you’re returning to study after many years off or simply moving on to your next MBA subject – it’s important to ensure that you are fully organised to do so. A lack of organisation before commencing your degree is likely to lead to unnecessary stress, and can leave you in a negative mind frame towards your studies. An organised student, on the other hand, is likely to approach the new subject with enthusiasm and a fresh perspective. If you’d like to ensure that you start your first subject off on the right foot, consider the following four actions before commencing your degree.

Create a suitable study area
A quiet, well-lit study area with minimal distractions is essential for productive study time. Whether this place is located at work, home or even your local library, it is preferable that you are the sole user throughout your studies. A suitable study area helps to minimise procrastination, as well as ensuring that all necessary materials are always in the right place. This study area will also be key to your stress levels, and your ability to remain organised throughout your degree.

Inform family of your commitment
Whether you’re undertaking the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or even a short diploma – you will need to designate enough time per week to complete the work. Regardless of how many hours you study, it is likely to take time out of your life that would usually be spent on personal commitments. As such, before commencing your degree you should inform your family of the demands of your chosen programme. The more transparent you are from the beginning, the less trouble you will have throughout your studies.

Purchase all study supplies
Before commencing your degree, take the time to make a list of all necessary supplies you will need to study. From required textbooks to office supplies such as a printer, making the effort to purchase them before the subject begins will ensure you’re fully equipped. Not only will this allow you to spend study time more productively from day one, it will also reduce stress levels due to your organised environment.

Familiarise yourself with resources
Every university is different, however there will be a number of resources at your disposal. If you’re a new student, it is important to familiarise yourself with the people and tools which will help you throughout your degree. From student support staff to online learning portals, a solid understanding of all tools will put you in great standing for the new subject. In addition, when you are under pressure, you will be able to easily recall exactly who can help you, rather than scrambling through notes to find out.

What do you think?
Do you have any further suggestions which you found useful before commencing your degree? Many things contribute to personal organisation, and above are only four suggestions. Comment below to share your views, and join the AIB conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.    

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