It seems everybody just love to cram. You see students early in the morning running around in their homes trying to get everything in their bag as if it looks like trash ready to be thrown at the bin. How do you avoid going through all that mess and save time going to school?
•Wake up 30 minutes to 1 hour early. Alright, this might be a hard task to do especially when you’ve been into a long vacation but your body will get the hang of it as time passes. If you wake up early it means accomplishing tasks early.
•Prepare your clothes at night. If you are attending a school that doesn’t wear uniforms, you should plan what you should wear in the morning. This way, you save time going to school instead of ravaging through your closet or end up wearing you are not comfortable with.
•Prepare meals or snacks. If you pack your snacks and prepare them at home, you don’t need to waste time waiting in line to get your food in a restaurant. You can just eat at some isolated place at school with your friends or alone – you decide.
•Schedule your research day and avoid going to the library unnecessarily. Fit the research day into your weekly schedule and don’t leave the library unless you managed to get all info you need.
These are just some of the things that will let you save time when you attend college. Is there anything more you want to add on this list?
Time management is one of the things that are not taught inside the four corners of a classroom. It is a skill you need to develop so that you become more productive and do many things all at once.
•Always read your emails and don’t leave anything sitting in your inbox. Sort out the emails into categories or folders. If the message needs more time before replying, leave it on the to-do folder and so forth. The point is you need to clear your inbox from clutter.
•Multitasking isn’t always good especially for college students who didn’t grow up in the technology invaded world. Multitasking is deadly if you don’t know how to juggle watching TV, replying to instant messages and doing homework all at once. Try to limit this practice.
•Prioritize the most important thing in your list. The first thing you need to do in the morning before you do anything is to list down the things you need to do whether you do this on your phone, notebook or paper is completely up to you.
•Read your emails daily but do it on schedule. It wouldn’t do you any good if you read emails as soon as it arrives. Even though someone contacted you, this doesn’t mean you have to respond immediately. If you want to be more productive at what you do, focus on the task that you specified on schedule and stick with it.
•Instead of making random notes just about anywhere, take advantage of bookmarking services. This will help you get rid of the clutter.
The best thing about time management is you get to achieve many things in a day without compromising on anything.
Most of us experienced being thrown into a group as professors simply adore projects done by a team. It may seem easy to complete a project when done with a team but it is actually a lot harder than we think.
The reason is – personalities. Yes, personalities will make it harder because you will be thrown into a group different from your circle of friends. So, how do you deal with it?
This is the type of person who doesn’t care about what’s going on in the group. It is often frustrating to remind this person often but give him a series of small tasks and he’ll do just fine rather than overwhelming him with large tasks he couldn’t possibly do.
Don’t underestimate an introverted person in the group because he is an asset. Assign a specific task for him to do and he will get it done but don’t forget to ask his ideas regarding the tasks rather than expecting him to speak up because chances are – he won’t.
It would be great to have a few of this personality in the group which will serve as the backbone and the easiest personality to deal with. They will be the ones who will carry out the plans the group has mapped out and make sure it is done on time.
Last but definitely not the least –
Every group will have a person with leadership personality and he’s the one who will take control things from the start. You just have to let him do his thing but understand that his weakness will be on the details. Help him map out the small details like deadlines and roles.
These are just the major personalities you have to deal with when thrown into a team. Dealing with them in the right way will make your group all the more productive.
Most students worry about making the best out of their semester which is usually gauge by the lessons you have learned throughout. But a more important thing is – how?
Organization This is usually self-explanatory for college students who have a hard time coping with time management and even studying. But here are some practical things you can follow –
•Take notes – “A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind.” This is usually one of the greatest adages that you can follow about studying and learning. There are things that your sharp mind tends to miss later on but when you write everything down on your notebook or post-it papers you enhance your chance at remember it later on.
•Agenda list – It is important that you make a regular weekly list of itinerary. Your agenda should give you sense of direction and purpose making everything better every day.
•Real time inbox – This is a figurative term which simply refers to a permanent place in your room or apartment where you study. This is where you will place all your notes, books and assignment papers.
•Get to know your professors – Search engines usually give you short biography on your teachers. Alternatively and more accurately, you can search about them in your school library. Learn about their research interests and knowledge.
•Study partner/mentor – The secret to success is not about being alone but being able to find someone who can understand your habits and study style.