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Friday, May 27, 2011

10 Ways to Manage Your Time in College

Keeping organized and doing things in a timely manner often makes our lives much easier. Here are 10 time management tips for high school students to follow in order to make the college experience more enjoyable.

1. The Importance Of A “To Do” List – List the most important tasks at the top of your list and complete them first before moving on to other items. Once all of the top priorities have been completed, take a break and do something that you really enjoy. The other tasks that you have listed should move up to the next level i.e., Most Important, Important, Can Put Off For A While. One major mistake most students will make is completing the EASIEST tasks first and procrastinate or putting off the most important.

2. How Are You Using Your Spare Time - If you have some spare time, put it to productive use. For example: during lunch, read a chapter from one of your course books (English, History, etc.), this will cut your study-time and give you extra time to do things you really enjoy. The student should take advantage of any spare time they have to eliminate cramming at the last minute.

3. Sometimes Saying NO To Others Is O.K. - If you have a part-time job while attending college, it is O.K. to tell your boss NO if they ask you to work (not scheduled) the night before an important exam. Saying NO to other students that want you to go to the local hangout to see some friends is O.K., especially when you have higher priorities to take care of first. Keeping your short- and long-term priorities in mind could provide more free time to do what you want.

4. When Do You Do The Best Work – You may find that you concentrate more efficiently with numbers during the early morning hours. If this is the case, schedule your study-time to complete your math assignments during the morning.

5. Reviewing Your Class Notes – Many students have found reading or reviewing class notes as soon as possible after class reinforce what they have learned.
Reviewing your notes early could reduce study-time and will cause you to avoid
cramming at the last minute.

6. Getting The Right Amount Of Sleep Could Increase Your GPA – Not getting enough sleep has a direct affect on retention. To increase your comprehension, make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep during the night. This is very important before a major exam.

7. Tell Others About Your Schedule – There is nothing wrong in letting others (students, family, etc.) about your study-time or the time you have available for social activities. By letting others know about your schedule could eliminate distractions.

8. Schedule Your Study Time With Social Activities – How much time do you want to dedicate to watching TV, going to the mall, participating in clubs, etc.? Set up a Time Budget so it does not interfere with more important tasks.

9. Do Not Worry About Things That You Cannot Control - Agonizing about things that are out of your control is a waste of time and energy. However, if you know something needs to be completed by a certain time, DO NOT procrastinate about the task – Just Do It. Do not waste an entire day or evening worrying about a task that you know needs to be taken care of. It is not worth agonizing and procrastinating about the task.

10. Setting Realistic Goals - Keep things in perspective. If you set goals that are not attainable, you will fall short of accomplishing the task. It is important to set realistic goals. However, setting goals that are easy will not get you to the next level. Look at your goals and set a high standard (reachable). You will get more satisfaction reaching high goals that are reachable than setting goals that are out of your ability.

By using these ten tips on Time Management, the student could find more time available enjoying the college experience and eliminating procrastination. There are other benefits of keeping organized. It will make college life more enjoyable and will help the student graduate on time and on budget.


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