How to Manage Your Time in College

clockIf I have said it once, I have said it a million times: there is just not enough time in the day for a college student to do everything that needs to get done. You have to go to classes, study, possibly work a job, sleep and eat, and you might just need a few hours of free time every day to keep from going insane. Try cramming that all into one day, and it just does not seem possible. However, if you use these tips, you’ll not only get everything you need to done, you might actually find yourself with more free time.

Make a plan. Make a list, or just spend some time each day prioritizing your activities. Start with the things you absolutely have to do, such as working or going to class. Then move on to the things that you really should do, such as study for the test you have next week. At the bottom of your list should be the things that you want to do or can do another day, such as watching the latest episode of “The Bachelorette” you TiVoed last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Be Late to Class: Four Tips on a Timely Arrival

tips-to-be-on-timeThe term “fashionably late” may sound chic, but there are few times in life when being on time is anything other than a boon. Being perpetually late not only increases your stress level, it also impacts the way people perceive your character. “People feel they can’t trust or rely on you, so it impacts relationships,” says psychologist Linda Sapadin. So don’t try to battle the clock on the way to that job interview, morning class, or even a lunch date with your best friend. Here are four tips to make an entrance that shows you in your best light, from

1. Be Realistic
Pay attention to how long things really take. The bus ride may only be five minutes, but how long could you be waiting? Try timing how long it takes to get from place to place, and then really budget that amount of time. This applies to other morning-to-do’s, like showering or blow drying your hair.

2. Get Organized

Feeling flustered because you can’t find you keys is the last thing you need on your way out the door. Avoid a frantic morning by packing the night before: homework, books, pens, keys and wallet. Try to be methodical, going through your day step by step to be sure you have everything you need. It seems like a pain at first, but it’s a good habit to cultivate. Consider laying out your clothes, too, to save even more time in the morning. You might even sleep better knowing that everything is ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Schedule Your Best Semester Yet

schedule-your-best-semesterWhen it’s time to crack open that course guide, there’s more to think about than the credits you need for your major. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your next schedule.

1. Take at least one class you’re excited about
It doesn’t even have to be related to your major. If you like doing the homework for at least one class, it will make harder or less interesting required courses more tolerable.

2. Vet the professor

A good teacher can make anything interesting, and a bad one can your favorite subject, particularly in lecture courses. At Sarah Lawrence College, students can’t take a course with out taking to the professor one-on-one first. Other colleges have “shopping” periods. Most colleges don’t have these luxuries, so doing your research is even more important. Although can be a good resource, but you should also beware of polarized opinions when using it. Try to talk to friends whose opinions you trust. Consider going to your academic adviser, they’ve probably been around long enough to know who gets praised and who gets panned.

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You Need More Than a Watch to Manage Your Schedule

Juggling many different activities has become an art for me. Being involved with scouts and my youth group, playing sports, and managing to stay caught up in school is something that at times can become very difficult for me to manage. After many years of ‘practice’ though, I have finally been able to manage my time with little problems. Although learning time management can be an extremely difficult task in itself.

In middle school, I never found myself coming home worrying about finishing homework before going out Wrist Watchand doing something else that night. I never had homework in middle school because all my classes were easy. Once I was in high school though, things changed drastically. I had to worry about homework before I could do anything else, or else I wouldn’t be going to bed at a decent time. Some nights, especially during softball season, I would be up extremely late and be exhausted the next day, which would start a chain reaction, repeating that same cycle night after night for too long. Eventually I realized my time management skills weren’t up to par and that was something I needed to fix before my grades started slipping or my performance in sports started slipping.

After working hard at it for many weeks, eventually I got a routine under my belt that allowed time to just relax, then do homework along with any other activities I may have on any given night. Each year I have applied the same routine and although it takes a while to get back into the swing of things after a summer, I will slowly work my way back into this routine this year and its even more important for me this year considering how much I have to do with college applications and IB requirements!

This blog is meant to tell you that if you plan on being as activity involved as I am, then you need to be able to manage your time! Time management is key, especially for someone who is as busy as I am throughout the school year. With time management, everything will not seem as overbearing to you and you will be able to juggle things in a much better fashion than without time management. If you are someone who needs to write things out, make yourself a schedule! With time frames to do certain activities or if you are like me, just start doing a routine and eventually everything will settle into place, making things much easier on yourself. Time management is a great thing to have, especially for high school and college!


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