As a college student, you have a lot on your plate. Not only must you do your homework and study for tests, but you also have extracurricular and social activities to think about. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you learn how to plan out the best use of your time. Here are some critical time management tips for college students:
Study a little now, to avoid a lot later. Dedicate a minimal amount of time each day to studying, no matter how far off those tests are. This can save you the ordeal of extended cram sessions down the line . . . because, let’s face it, if you don’t have a several-hour chunk of time in which to study now, you certainly won’t have it later. Instead, you’ll just end up throwing your schedule off to the point that it will be very difficult to recover.
Create a physical calendar. At the beginning of each semester, create a five-month calendar that you can pin to your wall, where it will be the first thing you see every day. Use your syllabi to fill in the calendar with the due dates of all your assignments, tests, and vacation days. The tactile act of writing everything in by hand is your first step to committing to the importance of your course responsibilities.
Use technology to your advantage. Your smart phone is good for a whole lot more than just texting, surfing the web, and playing hours of Angry Birds. Download some time management apps that will help you keep your college responsibilities organized. It is a good idea to set up reminders for yourself, so that you are not relying on your memory (which is packed full enough with all that new stuff you’re learning) to meet your obligations on time.
Study smarter, not harder. Surprisingly enough, many college students fail to take advantage of all the free study guides available to them. Your teacher may provide an array of multimedia study aides via an online learning interface. Additionally, it is common for college textbooks to come with interactive computer disks, or links to educational websites that you can supplement your education with. If your college offers free tutoring services to students (and most do), then you might benefit from sitting in on these tutoring sessions and soaking up the knowledge of others.
As you can see, there are many practical things you can do to make the most of your time while you are in college. That way, you can focus on the things that are most important to you and save time spent on worrying.
About the Author: Royce Theimer had tons of study and time management problems when he started school. He went to VarsityTutors and got some help to improve his management skills and turned into an A student!
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