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Time Management

Finding the Time for Everything

The life of a college student is a juggling act. The demands of academics, extra-curricular activities, friends, family, and even a part-time job can make your head spin. How well you do at college depends on how well you learn to manage your time.

Here are some time-saving tips:

At the start of each semester or term, compose a 7-day study schedule blocking in times for classes, studying, work and extra curricular activities. To avoid burn out, be real- istic about what you can accomplish in a day and be sure to leave yourself some regularly scheduled time for physical fitness and leisure.

Use a daily planner to keep track of your busy academic and social schedule. Each day make a list of what you need to do and list the entries in order of importance. If you don't get around to doing the last items on your list, at least you will have the satisfaction of knowing you got the important things done.

No matter how tired or busy you are, don't skip classes. Making up a missed lec- ture by reading someone else's sketchy notes or by trying to decipher the textbook takes twice as much time and energy as going to class in the first place. Who knows, you might miss the class where the instructor gives clues about what's going to be on the next exam.

Avoid procrastination at all costs. With a col- lege course load, it is amazing how quickly you can fall behind if you're not staying on top of things. If things get out of control, talk to a counselor. Don't jeopard- ize your grades and academic standing by waiting until it's too late to catch up.

To avoid getting overwhelmed, break big projects down into small ones. Knowing there's a major essay due in a week might make you panic. Setting aside time each day to research, write and type the paper will make the approaching deadline less intimidat- ing.


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