My Top 5 Tips for efficient studying in university:
1) Take your basic notes before the lecture
(you can take them with you and annotate them in class)
This is probably the most important thing I’ve learned from my two years at uni so far, for two reasons:
a) Taking a full set of notes during a lecture is time consuming, and you will tend to focus on keeping up with note taking, rather than what your lecturer is saying. Its also really easy to get behind, and writing quickly for several hours hurts your hand!
b) If you go to your lecture totally unprepared, you are likely to find a lot of what your lecturer is saying going totally over your head and it is so easy to switch off completely and end up gaining nothing from being there, where as if you have a vague understanding of the lecture before hand, just being there is effectively revision, and helps you memorise the content.