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time management

Knowing Where Your Time Goes is Essential in College

Time management is an issue that many college students struggle with. Personally, I go to class for 15 hours each week, work for 20 hours a week, and sleep for 56 hours each week. However, there are 168 hours in each week (24 hours x 7 days) and I can only account for 91 of them. I have a feeling that many college students can relate to my situation, and although it’s not really a big deal if you cannot count where every single minute of every single day goes, knowing how much time you spend on your daily activities can help you become a better student. Confused? Read on and I’ll explain.

Most college students study about three hours outside of class for every hour they actually spend in a classroom. This means that if you are taking 15 hours in the upcoming semester, you should be studying for 45 hours outside of the classroom. However, if you do not set aside the time for this responsibility, you probably are not going to actually do it.

This scenario can be applied to many other aspects of your life, such as cleaning your dorm room, going to the gym, or holding down a job. For several years I have heard my friends say they cannot hang out because they just don’t have the time. So, in order to keep you from becoming one of those people, try using this Weekly Time Usage List to help you discover that you really do have time to do all of the things you want AND study those 45 hours a week!

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How to Talk to Your Professor About Raising Your Grade

Want to talk to your professor about your grade but not sure how? Your instructor won’t ask you if you’re unhappy with your grade. If you’re not pleased with your performance in class, it’s up to you to set up a time to talk with your professor.

Here are 4 tips on how to conquer that grueling conversation:

Calculate your grade and compare it to the professor’s calculation before you speak to him or her. You can look at your syllabus to see how tests and homework are weighted. If you find a discrepancy in your grade, don’t get angry with your instructor. Politely let your teacher know that you figured a different grade, and ask if there might be something missing from the grade book.

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KeepMeOut.com Helps Students Avoid Procrastination

This website is a either a procrastinator's best friend or worst nightmare during Finals Week, depending on how you look at it.Final exams are taking over the lives of students across the nation. Many students are spending the majority of their waking hours in the school library, studying. Or are they?

Come on, just admit it: half of your online “study time” is actually spent on Facebook or YouTube. It’s not that you plan to waste hours creeping on old friends’ pictures or watching the latest viral video, but those sneaky websites just pull you in, and before you know it, you haven’t done any studying but you have learned way too much about Taylor Lautner‘s love life.

For all of you procrastinators and Facebook addicts, there is a cure! KeepMeOut.com is the answer to your prayers (or your worst nightmare, depending how you look at it). KeepMeOut.com helps you stay off these addicting websites by creating an alternative link for you to use to access the website. If you click on the link more often than you should during your set amount of time, you will get a message telling you that you have to wait.

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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 »

How to Ask for an Extension on a College Project

school workSometimes it seems like college professors forget we students have other classes besides theirs. Last semester, I had three tests, two papers, and a project all due the same week. It was incredibly stressful and I knew that I would not be able to finish all of my assignments on time and study for my tests. So what is the stressed-out, time-crunched, and sleep-deprived student to do? Ask for an extension.

Contrary to popular belief, professors actually are human beings, and if you present your request for an extension on a project in the correct way, they might grant it. Here are some of my tips for successfully asking for an extension.

Have a meeting set up. You shouldn’t just approach your professor after class to ask for an extension. Your professor is a very busy individual, and interrupting them while they are preoccupied with something else isn’t the best time to ask for a favor. Instead, ask to meet during his/her office hours. This will guarantee your professor’s full attention, which will make it easier to plead your case. 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 HerCampus.com.

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 »

How to Stay Organized in College

student juggles timeWhether a college freshman or returning for what feels like your umpteenth semester, it’s important to start the year off with a plan to manage your schedule. The first few weeks might seem easy, a paper here, a book to read there, a few math problems here; but before long you’ll have 15 hours worth of papers, exams, required reading, class projects and more to keep track of, and that’s when problems begin.

There are probably as many ways to organize your schedule as there are college majors, so it’s important to find a method that suits your style and let it works for you. Whether it’s old school paper and pen, an iPhone app, a Google calendar or fancy leather-bound planner, make sure you have a scheduling method in place, and use it! Read the rest of this entry »

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!

Staying Sane as You Study for Final Exams

Don’t you just love final exams? No? Okay, so maybe the only good thing about finals is that a break from college is coming very soon. But there are a few things you can do while studying for finals to make the process less painful.

First, schedule in some good study breaks. No, don’t procrastinate, as this will just make you more stressed out. However, if you try to study for three days straight, you’re not going to digest the information effectively—plus you’re going to become one very unpleasant person. Try to schedule in at least ten minutes of break for every hour your study, even if you’re crunched for time. Trust me. You’ll be happier and will retain more info.College Finals

Second, plan your days carefully with good time management. You only have a limited amount of time to study for multiple exams, so carefully create a schedule that allows you to get as much done as possible. Sit down and map out what you’re doing when in hour-long chunks. You may have to prioritize, as there probably isn’t as much time as you need to study masterfully for every subject.

Next, try to maintain some fairly healthy habits while you study. No, this isn’t the time to go on a diet or health kick, but if you put just a little effort into taking care of yourself, you’ll feel much better and may do better on the exams. One good thing to do is to fuel yourself with lots of healthy snacks. Protein is your best bet because it provides a consistent flow of energy, so snack on some nuts, cheese, and protein bars. Limit your intake of sugar, carbs, and (yes) caffeine, because these will all give you quick energy, but will be followed by a big crash. In addition, try to get a little exercise. No, don’t spend hours in the gym—that’s procrastination and you know it. However, a quick walk, swim, bike ride, or run on the treadmill will clear your mind.

And try to get some sleep! Skipping a few chapters of material in order to get some sleep may just be worth more points on an exam, as you need to be alert to do well.

In addition, don’t waste your time with study groups—unless you know your study group is dependable and won’t be counting on you to do all the work. A good study group might help a little, but a bad one is a waste of time you really don’t have right now.

Finally, try to keep things in perspective. Yes, you need to take exams seriously—but not so seriously that you’re causing yourself serious anxiety issues. If you don’t do as well as you like, chances are the consequences really won’t be that bad. Do the best you can, since that’s all you can do.

Good luck, students!


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