7 College Student Organization Tips
Successful college students are those with a goal and a plan to get there. If you want to achieve a 3.5 GPA and dean’s list recognition, then you know that much discipline is required to help you reach your goal. No goal, however, happens without undertaking careful planning first. Read on and we’ll discuss the college student organization tips that can help you reach higher.
1. Establish your goals. Are you a terminal “C” student who wants to make all As in college? This goal may not be reasonable, although it isn’t within reach. You may find that getting a “B” in each class is easier to attain than an “A” grade. If your goal is “B or better” then you’ll need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to get it.
2. Sign up for classes. If you’re a full-time student, then you’ll be carrying about 15 credits each semester. That’s five classes and a lab may be extra. If you have some flexibility with your schedule, spread your classes out throughout the week. Some students schedule Wednesdays off, taking classes Mondays and Thursdays as well as Tuesdays and Fridays. You’ll be using your mid-week day off for research and studying.
3. Use a personal planner. Whether you’re more comfortable using a digital planner or prefer the hard copy kind, you’ll need one to help you get organized. Circle or highlight the first and last dates of the upcoming semester with plans to fill in many of the days in between. As soon as a due date for assignment becomes known, a test date is announced or some other deadline arises, you’ll be tracking that information in your planner.
4. Use your time wisely. In college, time management is essential and can easily fall to the wayside if you’re not disciplined. Your personal planner can help, but you need to carefully follow it. Time management should not be a drudge, instead it can be quite liberating and a stress reducer.
5. Keep it simple. You can easily be overwhelmed by it all if you have much clutter to deal with. We mentioned recently that a color-coded file system along with three-ring binders can help you track everything. However you choose to organize yourself, simplicity is the key. If you don’t need it, then toss it or file it away for later retrieval.
6. Establish study routines. Some students thrive at group studying while others prefer to sequester themselves in a quiet place in the college library. Your routine may be different, but the operative word here is “routine” so create one. You can adjust your routine as needed and enjoy the flexibility of having more free time by following it with rigor.
7. Take care of yourself. Not one of the tips up to this point is important if you neglect yourself. Eat right. Get ample sleep. Take a break. Reward yourself after completing a tough project. Hang out with your friends and enjoy the social side of college life a bit before you resume your routine.
After each semester review how you did to check if your goals are still within reach. Make adjustments as needed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, speak to a college counselor. You may find that cutting back your schedule one semester is all the breathing room that you need. You can always make up a class during the summer or online.
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