A new semester or another semester. Either way, time management in college is very important. You tell yourself that this assignment can hold off and that assignment can wait to the last minute, but the thing is procrastination takes over and you are juggling all this workload on the last day you have left to do it.
This can help you, as a student, with time management tips for college. It is more than possible with organizing and planning your week of work so that each assignment or project can be turned in either on time or before the time is due.
You can figure out your own ways to manage your time in college, rather it is sticky notes, a planner, alarm, or computer pop-up notes, the work would be stuck to you so you can remember. You can either learn a way to manage your time, by the less amount of credits you take a semester to keep you remembering and sticking to a schedule.
Here are some tips for time management in college for students.
Challenges that Every College Student Will Have to Face
Work: Not every job you have will care about your school work. Getting a job on campus would be way more better focusing wise, but you will not get paid a lot because of the short hours you will receive. On-campus jobs believe school comes first.
Class: Every teacher believes they are the one and only. So, of course, it’s going to be a struggle trying to please every class and every teacher. You will have to maintain your time and do the work that is harder, not pleasing for you, first. Your workload will be more stronger than when you were in high school.
Sleep: Sleep is important. High school has a consistent time plan, so you’ll know exactly when you will get done with things to get some sleep. Getting sleep for high school is up to you, versus college, it is a must. You plan your own school, yet you have to match out when you could get you some rest. In college, manage your time. Get classes out the way instead of breaking your time for a nap. Study as much as you can or should and set yourself a bedtime schedule.
Health: When we are young, are health of course matters, but it isn’t as serious because we always get a chance to eat, sit down, rest and breathe. In college, you may start having days when you haven’t ate, rest, took a deep breathe, or had time to think to yourself because you are so busy. If you know that you will be busy and won’t have time to eat or stop. Pack a lunch, take a break and pause yourself. Your health matters the most in college.
Social life: As you get older, adulting, and in college, you may lose your social life, talking to people less or not at all. You may even lose deep relationships with people because you don’t have time, or you think you don’t. This is when you manage your time. In between breaks of studying or even walking to the next class, talk to people or call people you are close to, to at least say “Hi” to them or check in. Never get in too deep that you feel lost or alone. Make time for others too.
Establish Priorities and Use a Planner
Make a plan. In the beginning of each semester, you get a syllabus. Start planning for the first month of the assignments, tests, quizzes, or projects you will have due.
You a yearly handbook planner or an electronic planner.
Depending on the hours you are in a class should be based off how long you have study time for it. If a class is 1 hour long, study for 2 hours, 2 hours long in class, then study for 3 ½ to 4 hours and so on.
You should keep a track how long it takes you to finish homework from a class.
Always prepare yourself.
Writing it down will help prevent you from overestimating how long you are really studying.
Each semester may get tough, so based on that adjust your study plan as the semester’s progress.
Build in Flexibility (Block Your Courses)
The more flexible and open-minded you are about time management, the more successfully you will do it.
If you take your courses back to back as much as possible, it will give you more study time, relaxing time and so on.
If you have a big gap from classes, 9/10 you will not use that time wisely. You will use that time to nap, eat or social media.
A flexible mindset will help you create a flexible schedule.
Make a checklist: printing or writing out a checklist for each class or each day of the week can help you remember everything that need to be done.
Do not combine workload of classes with each other. Stay organized and separated. No classes should be in the same folder or notebook.
Spend different amount of time on each course, meaning knowing which course is harder and requires more attention.
Do not spend more time on the course you find easier and enjoyable.
Break up large projects into manageable chunks.
You time & Saying “NO”
It is okay to say no to things you do not want to do or have time to do.
College would teach you that saying “no” would help you through and with so much in the process of workload, timing, and yourself.
Make time for yourself. Take yourself out and do things for yourself.
Do not let your work become you. Do not let your major take over everything that you forget about yourself, your health, and your well-being.
Find your productive time; rather you are a morning or night person.
Your brain needs time to relax. Do not allow yourself to stay up studying all night, just because you believe that it will help you pass a test. In reality, it will not. It will make you cranky, miserable, and forgetful.
Exercising can keep your energy level up
Try to get more done through the day without napping, so you can sleep early at night and through the whole night.
Give yourself space when needed. Do not feel forced to do anything.
Give yourself some playtime. Keep a social life so you won’t go insane.
Trade in excellence for efficiency.
sometimes good enough has to be good enough/
if you develop good time management habits early on, you will be able to work towards your degree sooner.