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Making time for classes, homework and studying can be a struggle for any full-time college student. Therefore, organization becomes critical to staying atop one's course load. Everyday items and strategies can help ease the burden.
With a 15-18-credit course load each semester, things on the school-front can get hairy. With so many courses- each with their fair share of assignments- to juggle, a system of organization needs to be implemented. Being on organized student will ultimately result in being a better student, for you’ll be spending more time studying and working, than trying to figure out what, where and when you need to be! Here are some organization tips to keep your studies in order.Organize Your Time by Writing it Down!
To do this, there are three things you should use: a pocket date book, a master calendar and a To-Do List.
The pocket date book should fit the academic year, meaning it starts in August. This is the planner you will take with you to class each day; in fact, you should train yourself to feel naked without it! You will use it to record all assignments, projects and papers due. This can also include any special events that will occur, such a presentation, test or other school activity you wish to attend.
The master calendar does the exact opposite of the daily planner, as it should leave home. The master calendar, which should be in the normal month format, will serve as a backup. Write in important due dates you want to keep track of. Make sure the calendar is hung by your computer or on your door so you see it often. This way, you are always reminded of what needs to be done, and when.
Finally, the third is the to-do list. While everything on both other calendars ultimately needs to be done, a to-do list written out each morning, for each day is a prime way to ensure that everything gets checked off. Sometimes daily planners also included daily pages, so you can double up. Things to do during the day are not limited to school assignments, but also to extra-curricular activities and even personal things like doctor’s appointments and driver’s exams, etc.Filing Method
In addition to the three calendar ideas, there is a filing method, which is another way to keep dates straight. This method does not work for everyone, but it is a worthwhile tip to share. Many adults will use a 31-day filing system for bills due. They sell file folders tabbed 1-31 for this purpose. For example, when the electric bill comes and the due date is March 3- it will be placed in the 3 folder. This can be used for school assignments. Since so often on college, assignments are given ahead of time, once they are complete, place them in the file folder for the due date. Then, on that date, retrieve the assignments from that folder. In addition to completed assignments, you can also place readings, etc. in folders that correspond to the day you want to see them again, for instance, on a day before a test you want to study for.
When used together, these three time management tools will help organize your time greatly. Here, you are able to keep track of immediate and long-term tasks.
Organize Your Time by Planning Well
Understanding how much time you have is the first step to figuring out what to do with it! At the start of each semester, you should be sure to know what all of your commitments are ahead of time. If you know you have a meeting twice a week for the school paper and have a work-study job ten hours per week, you may want to take fewer credits. You do not want to overextend yourself, as you may not be able to enjoy your activities and get the most of your education if you are stressed. Once you do have an idea of your course load, you can plan your semester. You may want to schedule in study and homework time around your classes and other obligations. Also, you will be able to look ahead to see when your holiday and other breaks are, when your finals are and when any special campus events are. You can put those on your master calendar.
Other Time Tips
Organize by Organizing Work
In addition to the filing system, you may want to label all of your desk drawers with the supplies that are found in them. Also, keep any old textbooks, reference books and other reading materials on a bookshelf for easy access.Keeping your materials and workspace in order will allow for a more relaxed atmosphere to study in, and a great system for referencing back to past material.