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.
For students who are currently attending college, surviving the rigorous training may not exactly be the task you signed up for but nonetheless you are required to complete. Here are some useful tips that you can make use of:
- Study your lessons at least 3 days prior to your major exam. If you can study for at least around 2-3 hours a day, this would be very helpful especially when you don’t do well when you cram. If you have time management strategy, this would be very simple.
- Don’t study the night before you take the exam. Instead, you should go to bed earlier and get plenty of rest so that your mind will not get too exhausted which will result to sleepiness on your exam.
- Go to school at least 1 hour prior to your examination and take your seat at least 10 minutes before the exam commences. This allows you to relax and prepare yourself for the upcoming challenge.
- Make sure you read instructions well and follow them strictly so that you wouldn’t have any problems later on.
- Scan the entire paper before you answer any question so that you can have adequate time to plan ahead. This way, you would know how much time you should allot for each item.
- Always check the back of each questionnaire so that you wouldn’t have to miss anything.
- If you are answering essay questions, it is important that you state your complete answer. You need to read the question properly and answer it completely.
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.
“In life, you take the exam first before you learn but in college you learn first before taking the exam.”
There are two primary skills that you need to practice and learn about namely –
- Time management
When you are taking a written exam, the first thing you need to do is to allocate an enough time for you to complete the total items of the exam. This is what proper time management is all about. If you don’t allocate enough time for each of the item, you wouldn’t have enough time to think. The best things that you can do include –
Sort out the Exam Questions
There are three categories by which you can divide the sets of questions during an exam but even though this takes time the end result is usually worth it. The three categories include –
- Questions you know well (easy questions)
- Questions you know better (moderately hard)
- Questions you know nothing about (hard questions)
If you go through the examination items, answer the easy questions first since they usually don’t take too much time followed by the moderately hard questions. More importantly, allot more time on the hard questions since they would usually take time to answer.
Do not leave any items blank especially on items that you know nothing about. Sometimes, the best guess is the best answer rather than leaving the space blank.
The power of deduction is usually related to answering questions especially in the moderately hard and hard questions. By using this skill, you will be able to arrive at an answer that most people would call “educated guess.” Deduction merely takes off two erroneous answers basing on factors.
Generally, it is not good for the eyes to read while on the road. Well, I beg to differ – most of the time we spend at least 30 minutes walking to get to our classes.
Thirty minutes can make a big difference in your learning experience. Here’s how to be productive while commuting –
- Listen to audio books, podcasts and class recordings – It has been proven that listening can significantly improve your knowledge base. It helps you discover the things you might have missed before.
- Always keep flash cards with you all the time – Flash cards are easy to read and it doesn’t even take 30 minutes to cover everything.
- List your priorities for the day – You can list on a piece of paper your itineraries for the day so that it is easier for you to stay on track.
- Proofread your papers – You can scan your papers and check for grammatical, spelling and sentence construction errors.
- Scan class notes – Reading while you are on the move is a big no-no thus it is better to scan your notes or probably take a peek on highlighted texts.
- Return calls and text messages – If you missed some calls and messages, the great time to respond or take a call is during your commute.
Finally, learning how to relax through breathing techniques while you are commuting is a great way to become productive.
While laptops give us convenience in many ways, they also place us at risk for injuries. The reason being is because the keyboard and the screen are attached in such a way that you cannot work your way around this particular design.
The risks –
- Awkward wrist position
- Pressure on the carpal tunnel
- Flexed neck
- Rounded shoulder
The best that you can do is to minimize the risks associated with using laptops.
- Work on a table that is appropriate for your height
- Sit close to the table on a comfortable chair
- Bend your head as little as possible
- Make sure your ears are directly above your shoulders
- If you intend to use your laptop for long periods of time, it is best to get separate monitor, mouse and keyboard to decrease the risk for injuries
- Have a laptop stand or alternatively use books underneath the laptop
- Do not rest for your hands on the laptop surface while typing and make use of a 3-ring binder under the laptop. This decreases the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Make sure your elbows are not bent more than 90 degrees and this is best achieved by getting a high-enough chair
- Reduce strain on your back by making sure you have footrest if your chair is high.
There will never be a true ergonomic position when using laptops thus it is still important to take a break and change position often.
It is always a good idea to be fully responsible with your finances when you are going to college. It helps you become a better person and allows you to become independent. Considering the current economic situation, it is important to consider all options and directly manage your money.
The process of applying for a scholarship is essentially similar to college application.
- Narrow down all potential choices into a list of grants that matches your needs and requirements
- Create appealing application supported by achievements and recommendations
Here are some steps to create a compelling scholarship application –
- Research early
- Read whether you are eligible for the scholarship grant
- Be well-organized with all your scholarship materials and have them ready prior to the application date
- Check your application and have it proofread
- Do not leave any items on the application blank
- Always follow instructions strictly
- Ensure your application is written legibly and clearly
- Keep a copy of the things you send out
- Submit your application early
It is considered a good idea to get in touch with the financial aid office of the universities or colleges that you want to attend to and inquire about their policies on scholarship grants outside their institutions.
Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker
When my husband told me his job wanted to transfer him to Florida I was excited about the opportunity. He was scared to tell me because he thought I wouldn’t want to move so far away, but who wouldn’t want to move to sunny Florida? I knew I would enjoy the warm weather and I thought I needed a change. I will miss my family, but I’m sure they will come and visit since we will be in a great location close to all of the theme parks. We are planning on moving down there by the end of the month, so I’m trying to get things organized. We already found a place to live, so now I am setting up all of the utilities. I’m not too worried about home security Orlandoright now. I think I’ll wait to check out the neighborhood to see what we should do on that front. I have applied for a few jobs so far so I hope I will have some interviews lined up soon after we arrive. I can’t wait to move already!
We have touched on alternatives to traditional colleges before, and it is definitely worth another look. If you were raised like I was, your parents only advocated for college. Trade school was never a thought in their mind, and mine because of it. However, if you have struggled with traditional academic programs, you should think about trade school.
Benefits of Trade School
They teach you a trade. Instead of focusing on a broad range of academics, with a focus in one area, trade schools teach you one specific trade. Examples include accounting, cooking, dental assistance, medical billing, paralegal, HVAC, etc. Once you graduate from a radiology program, for example, you will be able to enter the workforce as a radiologist. If your trade needs a certification, the schools will arrange and prepare you for the test.
Trade school programs often have smaller classrooms, which gives you more one-on-one time with the professor. Your peers are also taking the same classes so you can easily form study groups. This can also help you build meaningful contacts to help your career.
Studies have also shown that employers show a preference for students with tech school diplomas because they already have the know-how and hands-on learning.
The best benefit of all, it’s quicker and cheaper. Graduating from college takes 4 years, on average, while trade school is much quicker. Some programs are only 6-10 weeks and some take 2-3 years. Either way, your overall expenses, including tuition and fees is much less than they would be if you went to a four year university.