Time Management for College Students
Your life as a college student can be filled with many different activities. Attending classes, completing assignments and writing term papers are among the academic responsibilities that you will have. Taking in a sporting event, participating in a club and spending time with friends are some of the personal enjoyments of college life.
If you thought that high school time management was a challenge, you’ll soon realize that college life can be even more complex. You can reduce your personal stress and enjoy college by implementing certain time management strategies into your college schedule.
1. Use a planner. Whether you prefer the electronic kind or the hard copy version, a planner can help you keep track of your schedule for the academic year. Fill it with information ranging from your class schedule to assignments due as well as social events you want to attend.
2. Review your class material. At the beginning of the semester, your professors will hand to you a list of assignments due for the semester. List these deadlines in your planner and include interim deadlines such as completing drafts.
3. Choose your reading materials wisely. What books are required reading this semester and what are not? If books or related reading material are available electronically, opt for the eBook if you have an eBook reader. With such a reader you can access your book wherever you go, catching a few pages of reading while you wait for a bus or are in between classes.
4. Planned time off. Mark on your planner breaks in your academic calendar. The fall semester will include Thanksgiving break. The spring semester will include spring break. Plan your schedule accordingly to enjoy these well-deserved breaks from your college routine.
5. Event planning. You may want to attend homecoming, take in a concert or enjoy a play. Perhaps your fraternity or sorority has a big event scheduled. Put these events on your calendar and then work back from each date to make sure that your assignments are completed before the scheduled date. You won’t enjoy an event if you have an unfinished assignment hanging over your head.
6. Make an appointment. Speak with your academic adviser once this semester. Arrange for an appointment and use that time to discuss your academic goals and perhaps your class options going forward. Your adviser can check to ensure that you’re on the right path to graduation.
7. Plan your trips home. A college planner is a great way for you to mark dates on the calendar when you will be traveling home. If you don’t have a car and you need a ride, you can begin making arrangements with other students earlier in the semester.
Certainly, you can avoid being so detailed as you make your way through college. However, you’ll find that time management planning can help you enjoy college life better, ensure that no assignment is ever missed and prepare for a life of planning that comes with any career.