Senior Marketing student at University of North Texas. In the process of completing Bachelor of Business Administration in May 2015. Striving to utilize a combination of marketing knowledge involving critical thinking skills, and creativity developed through past visual art experience
As society knows, college is not smooth sailing. Although I will be speaking from personal experience in this article, I will also be speaking on behalf of many friends and associates who have faced similar, if not the same, challenges.
It’s very critical to be aware of what is going when your degree is involved. Meaning everything is important once you enter college or university.
There is not one day a student will go without worrying about something school-related. Many of one’s thoughts pertaining to school will be questions. Questions like…
1. Should I go to class? Professor doesn’t take attendance…
There may be important lectures requiring your attendance. The material could even be on the next assignment. Unless you have formed a relationship with at least one student who attends class regularly, there is a great chance you may miss out on potential points towards any quiz, exam or any other assignment mentioning previous lectures.
2. This homework is only worth 15 points. Should I do it?
Regardless of how many points an assignment (including homework) may be worth, that assignment still matters. An assignment worth any amount of points has an impact on your final grade.
3. I have all night to study for this exam. I should be fine, right?
Time is precious and so is sleep. Imagine how frustrated and tired you may feel after a long night of reviewing all your study material. Frustration will come from not remember a concept you have just studied over and lack of sleep, your mind will be begging for rest.
These scenarios may seem like minor dilemmas at first, but to think that way leads to major issues. Yes, most if not all college students will come to think about these scenarios and some will even follow through. The key is to not make it a habit. We are all human and share common imperfections. Whenever you feel bad about having thoughts that detriments your college career, just know you are not the only one. Based on my college career, I have a two important strategies to consider.
Knowing how to go about completing everything on your agenda for the day is valuable. The following tips will help you to prioritize.
1. Acknowledge how much work for the day is too much work for you, personally.
2. Write down due dates or certain times for each task. You can even keep a mental note of this if your memory is awesome. I tend to use both methods.
3. Be conscious of time – how much time you have to complete agenda and how much time you need for each task. This will make it easier to put your tasks in order.
After doing this, you should be able to prioritize easier. This may even help to relieve stress due to the idea of knowing what lies ahead for the day and strategizing.
As previously mentioned, most if not all college students face the temptation to not do something that will be beneficial to us whether we know before hand or not. In order to not make it a habit, keeping track of incomplete assignments, missed quizzes and homework, and absences. It’s better to have the opportunities to miss assignments and/or class towards the end of the year. Think of these opportunities as “for emergency”. Any unexpected events, exhaustion, and sickness may call for you to miss out on assignments, quizzes, homework, and lectures.
All you can ever do is say you at least tried before making these decisions. If nothing else from this article sticks with you, remember it’s harder to save your grade towards the end of the semester than being proactive from the beginning.