Lea Whitley is a 20 year old college student living in Florida. She attends a community college and is working to transfer to the Ringling Brother School of Art and Design and get a degree in Photography. She likes to write as a hobby and is also in the progress of writing a book. She’s seen a lot of twists and turns in her college career and can relate to your struggles as well! Always open to emails at [email protected]
The last few weeks of senior year, most high schoolers are buzzing with the anticipation of graduation and the start of their journey into college. College is a turning point for most students. Moving away from home and having to keep to their own schedule is a big change! When students start college, one of the most important skills they need to build and acquire is time management.
In high school, teachers and club leaders encourage students to balance their free time with the time that they use to study and succeed in their class or activity. The students that get more involved have more experience balancing their schedules.
Personally, I struggled with this concept as an incoming Freshman at the University of Central Florida. All throughout high school I took basic courses and I was involved with three after school groups. Since my classes were not too challenging, I didn’t need to spend a lot of time on it in order to succeed. Going into college was like culture shock for me.
In order to stay successful and time efficient here are some tips.
1. Study even when you think you’re finished!
A lot of students will immediately see how different your classes are in a college environment. The teacher doesn’t usually give “study guides” for test listing the information you need to know. You need to take at least 15 minutes out of every day to really learn your materials. If you go to the gym, bring your text books and read on the tread mill! When you’re with your friends, if you aren’t doing anything, have them quiz you with flash cards.
2. Skip out on one late night a week
I know, there’s a free concert at school with a band you like headlining. Earlier in the week you skipped writing a paper to go to a bar with your room mate. Think rationally, will the concert change your life? How will skipping a night of studying affect your routine? If you get poor grades how much work will it be to correct it?
3. Post sticky note reminders
Write down your personal goals! Stick them in places you can see regularly lie on a mirror or in your car. You can also make stick note reminders so you don’t forget your quiz that’s due by 11:55 that night, or the questions you need to do for Wednesday’s homework.
4. Have a planner/ calendar
Always write down all of your tests, appointments, and due dates so you can’t forget
5. Get a job!
Working helps time management by giving you a schedule you have to stick to or you get fired. Having to balance one schedule can help you prepare for others.
Find strategies that work for you! Accomplishing your goals helps you feel better and be more successful.