Stop, Drop, and Relax: Tips for Time Management

Everyone has heard the infamous stories of college all night study sessions, caffeine binges, and the heartbreaking feeling of still receiving an F. Although these stories are often true, the key to avoiding these stressful situations is to stay consistent though out the semester and manage your time wisely.img_236379-this-oneIn order to keep up with school work and minimize stress:

  1. Use a calendar
  2. Reference syllabi often
  3. Figure out a way of studying that works for you

It wasn’t until college that I realized the full advantages of having a calendar. When taking about 15 hours a semester, there is always work to do and items to turn in. Without seeing them all displayed chronologically it is easy to slip up and forget course work.

Similarly, it is imperative that you not only read the entire syllabus but that you continue to reference it throughout the semester. Often professors will not remind you of certain class policies that can have a large impact on your grade, such as attendance.

What’s more, one of the most common mistakes made by freshmen is their lack of study habits. It is vital that you figure out what techniques help you retain and learn information best. Also, having productive and compatible study partners can make all the difference when it comes to managing your time.

However, sometimes stress is unavoidable and in those circumstances the best thing to do it take a deep breath, step back and look at the bigger picture.  It is important to remember your life is not ruined because you forgot one homework assignment.

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