As a college student, you have to be able to manage your time wisely. College is definitely not like high school AT ALL. Although classes are not everyday (somewhat like a block schedule), you are still loaded with tons and tons of work. It may even seem as though you have a jabillion classes instead of just 4! Homework doesn’t really count for a part of your grade, and if it does, it will probably be a minimal part of the calculation towards your final grade. Exams and midterms tend to be all piled up during one single week. How do college students even survive??
Well then, that’s why I’m here to give you some tips on how to manage your time so that when you have conflicting due dates and exam dates, you hopefully won’t panic (as much of course). Hopefully, these tips will help you during the rest of your school year!
1. Have a student planner. Even a calendar works!
Even if you are not that busy, a student planner will be a life saver. If you are a bit more savvy, Google Calendar is my personal favorite. With the many options, you can virtually color code everything – from classes, to meetings, to work, to hangouts. That way, you can tell what times you can slack off (but just a little bit of course). Also, it is a great way to know when your major exams are. It is the worst feeling ever to think that you have no more tests for the week and then you find out that you actually have something a few days later.
2. Even if you want to be active in school, don’t take on too much activities.
If you are applying to graduate school even after undergrad, take a seat and just breathe and relax. There is no reason to stack up tons of extracurriculars just to look as competitively as you were in high school. Just focus on your classes, and you will do fine.
Also, if you want to take on a job while being in college, remember to think about everything first. Would you have enough time to study? What is the marginal cost? Would the days you work conflict with any other major commitments? Be sure to leave space in your schedule for hanging out and de-stressing, before you absolutely regret it!
3. When you have to study, deactivate or just don’t use any source of social media.
Everyone knows that technology is very distracting. That’s why, just turn everything off and pay attention to your work. If you have to use your laptop for your source of studying, edit your settings and make it so that you cannot turn on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or any other social media that you can use. Although sometimes we need to message people for help, try to only do that when it is an emergency. Once you touch your phone or laptop, there is no turning back- until hours later.
4. Take plenty of naps!
You can easily say that sleep is one of the most important things your body needs in order to continue to operate. Even if you are panicking and your mind is thinking “OMG OMG I have only 6 more hours until my test and I still have a lot of material to study,” remember that power naps in between studying is actually really good for you. An all-nighter right before a major exam will just cause fatigue and stress, while studying with many power naps will do the trick. With sleep, you will feel more energized, which will lead you to (hopefully) do your necessary agenda.