What's a college student's most valuable resource?
I know what you're thinking, and it's not cash (because none of us have that). It's time!
In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72 percent of us maintain steady jobs throughout the school year (including 20 percent who work full-time). Throw in sports, social life and daily responsibilities — and things can get pretty stressful in college. Here are a few time management tips to help you along the way:
1. Get a Calendar
Smart phone, pocket planner, stick-on-the-wall — it matters not. Just make sure you have one!
2. Mark down important dates
On the first day of class, check your syllabus for important dates and deadlines. Put them on that calendar I mentioned in No. 1, and plan ahead.
3. Make a daily to-do-list
Use that calendar, and at the beginning of every day jot down everything that you want to accomplish in that day. Use it to help keep you motivated.
4. Budget your time
Put a time frame for each activity you write down, but allow some flexibility too. You don’t want to be stressed out over your to-do-list!
5. Know yourself
Are you a morning person or a night person? You'll be more efficient if you work when you're at your best. So, find your productive time!
6. Don’t be afraid to say no
It is fine to go out with your friends, but if you have a test the next morning it may not be the wisest decision to go.
7. Create a dedicated study time
Set up a daily space of time devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off your phone during this time period, and wait to respond to calls or texts when your work is finished.
8. Stay healthy
Exercising regularly and eating healthy can keep your energy levels up, resulting in a more engaged mind when doing school work. And get a good night’s sleep!
Still need help?
Don't be afraid to schedule an appointment with an Academic Peer Mentor on campus. We're here to help!
Patricio Pesantez is a senior business major from Losa, Ecuador. He is also an Academic Peer Mentor (APM) at Briar Cliff, which means he helps other students find ways to succeed in college. Don't worry, he doesn't expect you to say or spell his name. Just call him Pato.