5 study must-haves - tips from university graduates

Jordan Lench

By Jordan Lench

We know how difficult it can be to get into a study routine that works. So, we’ve collated the top-tips given by our team who recently graduated from university to help take your studying habits to the next level. 

  1. Get into bullet journaling

We’ve all fallen into the trap of trying to do too much at once, stumbling over new tasks, reading lists, lecture notes and countless ‘urgent’ jobs -  it’s not easy being a student. So, let me introduce the bullet journal (or bujo), the answer to every students’ prayers - this nifty little book might be just the thing you need to get things back on track. You may be wondering, what actually is ‘Bullet journaling’ or a ‘Bullet Journal’? Well, it’s a method of personal organising that has become very popular in recent years - and if you’re a fan of to-do lists, you’ll fall in love with bullet journaling!

Dotgrid Bullet Journal


Much of the popularity for this new method of check-listing, comes from the creative freedom it incites, plus the ability to have all your important information in one place - win-win! With so many different topics, modules and classes, this method is incredibly useful for students who’re looking for a simple solution. 

Read more about bullet journaling and how it could help you become more productive and organised in our dedicated blog

  1. Find your study playlist 

Music is a great way to block out any distracting background noise, but listening to the right music is important when studying. Music streaming services such as Spotify or YouTube, provide an endless amount of playlists dedicated to increasing productivity and helping you focus.


With such a wide selection, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect playlist that helps you relax and get in the zone for however long you need. Right now, we’re loving the instrumental playlists but there are even ‘all-nighter’ playlists to help get you through those long nights - don’t worry, we’ve all been there! 

  1. Invest in a laptop stand

Having the perfect study set-up at home is great but, there’s nothing worse than when you’re in class or in the library and haven’t got what you need to work to your full potential. That’s where a portable laptop/tablet stand really comes in handy.

Laptop stand


A laptop stand can be a great way to alleviate neck or back pain, whilst giving you more room at your desk and reducing the chance of your laptop overheating. 

This Dotgrid Laptop and Tablet Stand is our favourite, it’s super easy to assemble, made from beautiful natural birch wood, and its compact design makes it easy to put in your bag when on the go. 

  1. Set timers

Studying can be difficult when you don’t set your time limits. Without structure, it can be incredibly easy to become distracted or start procrastinating. A simple and effective way to ensure you’re making the most of your study time is by setting a timer. 

 It’s a great way to make studying more fun by seeing how much you can get done in a short time. Then, once the timer goes off, you get a huge rush of satisfaction when you see how much you’ve accomplished and can rest easy knowing you used your study time wisely. 



One of the greatest things about this trick is that you already have the resources. Most smartphones come with a countdown timer, so not only can you start straight away, but it’s also an incentive not to use your phone while you study - win-win!

  1. Style important information with a pin board

Organising can be the key to efficient studying, but things can be forgotten easily when tucked away in a book or folder. A pin board can be a great way to organise important information where you can see it regularly. Placing a board above your desk can be very useful for ensuring you don’t forget important deadlines, dates or exams. 

Pin board


Having a pin board is also great for expressing your creativity, and you can personalise it in a thousand different ways (perfect for if you’re living in halls and want to add some of your personality to the room!) 

You can find boards in all different styles, from cork boards to wire boards - you’re sure to find one that you can cater to your needs. We recommend starting with a basic cork board, like this one from WHSmith

Now you’ve heard our top five tips, why not take the next step in productivity with the height adjustable desk from My Smart Desk; the ultimate desk for any student.