Time management for college students is fundamental to success, both academically and socially. Learning to prioritize and organize tasks is a skill you'll need way beyond college, and which will hold you in good stead in your professional life too!
During college you will be extremely busy with attending classes, studying, socializing, extracurricular activities such as sports, politics, groups of all sorts, etc. If you thought getting into college was difficult, you'll realize once you're in the thick of it that getting in was the EASY part!
Doing well in college is often not about how smart you are, how well you scored on your college entrance exams or even about how hard you study. It is about finding the time to do your studies justice, as well as finding the time to interact and socialize with your fellow students. Too much of one or the other creates an imbalance that may leave you feeling less than enthusiastic about your college experience.
Time management for college students is a skill like any other and can be learned through practice and perseverance.
Out of every thousand people, the most organized person will achieve the most, do it faster with the least amount of effort AND have the most free time.
1. Set goals. You may want to set goals for each week, each semester and each year. Write down what your academic goals are, your health goals, your relationship goals, your financial goals, etc.
One of your academic goals may be to get and maintain a 3.5 GPA or be accepted into an honors program. Some health goals may be to lose 10 pounds or increase your muscle mass. You may want to find a girlfriend/boyfriend as one of your relationship goals or get to spend more quality time with friends. You get the drift. Write out what goals you would like to accomplish for the week, the month and the year.
2. Prioritize. Once you've decided on the goals you want to accomplish, you need to prioritize the activities you need to do to achieve your goals. This will tell you what tasks need to be done first, which is essential to the success of time management for college students.
Take a notebook and write down your most important goal for the year. If your most important goal for the year is to get a 3.5 GPA, for example, then that would be your number one priority. Write down what you need to do each month and then each week in order to achieve a 3.5 GPA. It might look something like this:
GET A 3.5 GPA FOR THE YEAR
SEPTEMBER: Get a study group together | Research Subject Outside of Classroom Materials | Finish 10 Page Paper |
SEPTEMBER: WEEK 1: Study 2 hours per day on my own | Study 2 hours per week with group | Work on 10 Page Paper - ½ hour of research + ½ hour writing per day |
Do this for each goal you wish to accomplish and then stick to the schedule you have set for yourself. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done. Make sure your schedule includes recreation time. By doing this you will have plenty of time to engage in all the activities you want to do as well as keep up with your studies.
3. Use any extra time wisely. For example, instead of twiddling your thumbs while waiting for a professor to arrive for class, write down topic ideas for the speech class you are taking or work on your budget.
Use any time you have constructively and you will find that 24 hours in a day is more than enough time to get done the things you need to get done. By doing this you'll not only be able to keep up with your studies but you'll also be able to spend more time socializing and relaxing.
101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students gives you loads of tips for streamlining your day and working effectively.
From how to take notes during lectures and listen better in class, to how to boost your concentration and increase reading comprehension, this book teaches a range of techniques that will help you succeed at college and beyond.
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