A diary and a calendar are very useful when planning your assignments. Allocate set time to work on assignments and include mini-deadlines for yourself as well as the final deadline to break big tasks down. Physical versions on display in your room can work better than electronic versions as you can forget to look at devices whereas a calendar on a wall with a written deadline is a constant reminder. Paper versions also do not come with an internet connection or games, which can be distracting for some dyslexics.

A4 Filofaxes can be very useful as you can have a diary, calendar, contact details for important people, your timetable, lecture notes, notepaper, memory sticks, handouts, pens and coloured overlays (if you also have scopotic sensitivity or a visual processing disorder) all in the same place. You can just grab it and go rather than worrying about remembering each individual thing. It also stops papers getting crumpled or ruined by leaked drinks as can happen when stored in a bag, and makes finding things easier when you get back to your room. When you start attending job interviews bringing one with you will also make you look more organised and professional.


Lecture notes for different modules can also be kept in colour coded folders or wallets, and be marked with coloured stickers to make them easier to find. Colour coding time tables can make getting the right things read and turning up in the right place easier. If your Victorian Novel classes are blue on your time table and you use blue colour coding with your notes you can see at a glance what you need to bring with you. You can use different shades of the same colour for the same class but a different room or type of study, and different types of coloured patterns for a different lecturer.

Leaving printed copies of your time table on your person (perhaps on your phone, in a study planner, or pocket), above your workspace, and in any folders you often carry with you means these can be easily checked in case you forget where you need to be next.

Mind maps are very helpful for generating ideas but they can also be used to help with planning essays or responses to exam questions. Start with a mind map and number the ideas in a good order for an essay at the end. Use each numbered point as the subject of a different paragraph. If you do not finish answering a question in time you might still get some marks for the mind map if the marker can see what your were going to write.

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