Whether you’re starting college this quarter or coming back after summer break, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the routine of being a student again. One of the most important ways to succeed in and out of the classroom is to master time management. Here are 5 tips to help you get started!
Use a calendar to keep up with your classes
Some people like using the latest technology on their smartphones, while others prefer posting a big paper calendar on their wall and covering it with notes. Either way is great, as long as you use your calendar to keep track of all of your reading, assignments, and tests. Review your calendar frequently so you know what important deadlines are coming up.
Carefully review your syllabus for each class
Do you know what a syllabus is? It’s a document that every one of your instructors will give you that explains the requirements and expectations for your classes, as well as a schedule of readings, assignments, and tests. Remember that calendar we just talked about? You can put all of the assignments from each syllabus on it at the beginning of classes so that you can beginning planning for the whole term.
Set routines for yourself
Doing things on a regular schedule can help you avoid procrastinating, or waiting to do important work until it is almost too late. Set aside regular times each day and each week for reading, working on assignments, and doing other work for your classes. You will become used to this schedule and form good study habits much more easily this way.
Break down big projects into smaller tasks
In college, you’ll have many long papers, presentations, and big projects to do. When you have to write a 15-page paper, think about what small steps you’ll need to take in order to complete the assignment. You need to decide what the topic will be, do your research (and make sure to note down where all of your information comes from so that you can properly cite all of your sources and avoid plaigarism!), and you can even divide the paper into different sections that you complete one at a time.
Ask for help!
If you find that you are having trouble managing your time or keeping up with your classes, we at Shoreline are here to help! You can always come to the International Education department in PUB 9302 to talk to an advisor or just to learn about all the resources that the college has to offer you, from tutoring in specific subjects to the Writing & Learning Studio, where you can get help with those big papers! The best part is that it’s all free!