How to Manage Your Time in College


College life provides many entertaining distractions, but it's important to remember what your priorities are and complete the tasks at hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Address Books
  • Palm Handheld Organizers
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Wall Calendars
  • Calendars
  • Personal Organizers
  • Schedule Management Software
  • Buy a calendar with large squares for writing extensive notes about your daily obligations, including your job and class schedules. Keep a small organizer or notepad with you to write down items to add to your calendar at home.

  • Read all class syllabi thoroughly at the start of the term. Mark down the dates when assignments are due and exams are held for each course on your calendar.

  • Determine which courses require a large amount of reading. Keep novels or other textbooks with you to read at work, on the bus or on breaks between classes.

  • Make a list of any research projects or problem-solving assignments you'll be doing and map out a study schedule on your calendar so you won't be caught off guard when work is due.

  • Find out about and mark on your calendar all social and academic club events or sporting and varsity events you will be required to attend.

  • Take into account long weekends and vacations and mark them on your calendar. Decide which projects or assignments you can work on at home and on vacation.

  • Allot time for exercise during your week, as a way to relieve stress.

  • Decide how much time you can give to yourself, or to your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the most of your study time by choosing the right study environment, such as the library. Studying in bed leads to unplanned study breaks.
  • Plan to study for at least two days before an exam.
  • Plan for overcrowded computer rooms.
  • Don't count on anyone else to inform you of assignments. Go to class.

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