Preparing for Autumn term: Getting back into the swing of things

So, summer has now come to an end and we’re moving back into autumn term. I know you may be thinking two things: you’re not ready to be back at uni or that you’re excited for the new academic year. It is totally normal to feel a bit nervous coming back to studying! Summer was a long period of time so it is important to get your head back in the game. Follow our back to uni tips below to ensure you have everything you need to succeed in autumn term.

Tip 1: Sort out your stationery

Start with preparing yourself mentally by ensuring you have all the equipment that you need. You will probably be attending seminars on campus as well as engaging in online content, so you’ll need to decide if you’re going to stick to pen and paper, make notes digitally or have a combination of both. You may need pens, paper, files and dividers, or ensure you have the digital versions ready; so, set up folders for each module.


Tip 2: Check out KEATS

If you have access to your KEATS account, check out the information that’s available for each module. Download and save any key documents where you can easily access them. Make a note of the assignment details and deadlines and familiarise yourself with the structure of each module.


Tip 3: Access your reading list

Once you have access to your reading list through KEATS, you can start by making a note of your essential readings. You might want to purchase some of the books, or check out their availability in the library.  You can plan your reading in advance, and you may be able to access and read online versions before you start.


Tip 4: Make a study plan

Once you have access to your personal timetable, you can create your own weekly and termly study plans. Check out videos on managing your time which offer some tips to get you started. If you are a final year student, you will want to also start looking at graduate schemes and when their deadline are as some may be towards the end of autumn term. It will be beneficial to know so you can plan your time accordingly when applying. If you do need assistance with job hunting or applying, visit our KEATS page where you can find lots of information.


Autumn term is very busy with many things happening at once so if you organise your time well, it will reduce how overwhelmed you may feel. You are all capable of being high achievers, after all you are part of King’s! Start preparing now so you smoothly transition into studying again.