Studying for a degree is hard work and you want to have something to show for it at the end of your three or four years of effort. Whether you are currently studying for a degree, about to start one, or would just like to know what you should have done we have put together some of the best tips and rules for studying a degree and to get the highest grade that you can.

When you study for a degree, it is a very different time in your life and if you don’t go into the experience prepared like many don’t, then you are unlikely to get the best out of it.

1. Research

Research is a word that will be used thousands if not tens of thousands of times whilst you're studying for your degree. In my sense I mean research going beyond what the lecturer has taught you in an attempt to go the level above what you're studying at. This will help you to make additional connections between pieces of information and show the examiners that you really understand what you're talking about. Research can also keep interest in a topic if it becomes incredibly boring as sometimes you need to leave the drivel and focus on a small point to generate the most intrigue.

 2. Time management

Managing your time is essential as there may be so many different pressures and requests for your time and energy when you study for a degree. From social clubs to sport to attending lectures and tutorials, you have to come to a compromise which may involve you giving up certain clubs and focusing on the ones that bring you maximum enjoyment from your studies.

 3. Organisation

Organising yourself involves getting to your lectures and tutorials on time and making sure that you get your essays and work done within the deadlines. When you study for a degree organisation is more important than people realise, and people often do not realise they are neglecting it – you do not want to join that club of students.

 4. Motivation

You need to keep yourself motivated to succeed when studying for a degree. Remember the endgame, and why you were studying for a degree, if you're really struggling and look for work experience during a summer breaks as these can often provide a focus and reason the continuing to study.

 5. Tools

Most of these are not essential but you need to have easy access to text books and online lecture notes, which will probably need a computer and broadband Internet. This may add a small amount of money to your costs. But I believe that these additional costs easily outweigh the gains whilst you study for a degree.

 6. Testing

The easiest way of increasing scores in exams when studying is by regularly testing yourself. Set up a schedule so that you will test yourself on each module every couple of weeks with increasing frequency coming up to the exam. This little by little approach will pay dividends as often during exam times, you will have additional pressures such as writing reports.

 7. Work life balance

A healthy social life is expected as a student, but many make the mistake of not doing enough studying. In your first year, make sure that you enjoy yourself, but also establish the correct habits for successful studying. These include finding good places to work and setting yourself regular targets and a revision or writing schedule for your degree study.

I hope you like my seven rules of studying for a degree. I feel that these are some of the most important points when studying for a degree or any other academic course. If I had to pick one rule of studying for a degree, then time management has to be the key as without enough time nothing can be done successfully.

Which is the most important role of studying for a degree? Do you have any other rules of studying that you could add to this list? Please feel free to leave a comment below.