It's About Time
Last updated March 5, 2020
If you think writing a five-page essay for English Literature, putting the finishing touches on your Chemistry experiment, and writing a persuasive speech for your debate class is just a walk in the park, we bow down to your school work slayage. Getting the grades you want requires you to take it to the next level! Here are just a few ways you can elevate your time management and study game so you’re ready to win.
Start with the big picture in mind
Have you ever had a week where you got loaded down with a ton of homework and projects at once? This is a typical week in college. You will get a mix of papers, tests, lab projects, and entire textbooks to read weekly and have to figure out how to manage it all and turn it in on time.
That is where learning to see the big picture comes in handy.
- Layout each of your assignments and identify the due dates.
- Then break down each project into steps and give it a time requirement.
- Next you want to lay that schedule out on your calendar so you can visually see when you need to start and complete each step to make sure you’re making progress toward your final due date.
If you’ve managed to stay on track, you’re going to be able to turn in all of your work on time!
Learn to prioritize
Learn how to focus on what matters most, first. Even though you might be juggling multiple projects and assignments, not all of them take top priority. After you have mapped out what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, you can start prioritizing what to tackle first and what you can delay. This doesn’t mean you neglect any of your work, rather it allows you to knock out the things that might take the most work or count for the highest percentage of your grade or require multiple collaborations with team members, lab time, or something else.
Check in regularly
Even when we do our best to schedule out life, it has a funny way of not sticking to the plan! There will always be things that happen outside your control. Maybe you catch a horrible cold and have to miss a few days of school. Perhaps your teacher or professor is in the mood for a pop quiz. What if that book you need for your report has already been checked out? Things happen, so stay flexible, and check in regularly with your calendar to make adjustments as needed.
Ask for help
Know when you are in over your head and ask for help. Never be afraid to ask for help.
- If you didn’t understand the teacher’s explanation of a concept, raise your hand and ask a question.
- If you’re struggling with a subject, consider getting a tutor.
- When you feel overwhelmed with the amount of work you have, talk to your teachers and ask them to help you figure out how you can make it more manageable.
There are a lot of people committed to helping you succeed. Give them the opportunity to help!
Be a complete student
There is nothing worse than working hard to achieve something, and then being too stressed out to enjoy it. Being a good student requires you to put in work. You will have to study. You will have to do homework. You will have to take tests. You will have to read books.
You know what else you should be doing? You should be making friends, exploring your interests, and trying new things! Academics are important, but so are developing solid social, leadership, and communication skills. You need down time to hang out with your friends, read books not on your required reading list, and do things not necessarily connected to school. Finding balance with school and your life away from school will keep you on the path to success.