Have you ever had sleepless nights because you had too many assignments due yesterday? Do you keep missing deadlines all the time? Are you waiting till you finish all that work, so you can finally have some free time? If so, this article is just for you!
We all had those classmates who seemed to be enjoying their time at university, were engaged in all the extracurricular activities you can imagine but always managed to meet deadlines and get excellent marks. We thought they were witches. And yes, it’s true. Their magic is called time-management. Now it’s time to reveal their secrets and learn easy ways to keep up with all.
Identify your priorities
It is always good to do everything your teachers told you to. However, sometimes it’s just too much, and they wouldn’t understand that you simply can’t write five essays a day. It seems that your teachers have no clue that you’ve got more than one subject in your curriculum. However, it’s the reality, and you are the one who has to keep up with all. Imagine that you have only two hours to see all the tourist attractions in London, what will you do? You can try to visit everything, spending five minutes in each location, and then you will not get any practical result except for pain in your legs and shortness of breath. Or, you can choose the most important and interesting place you want to see, focus on it and get a whole lot of new pleasant impressions. This is exactly what you need to do with your studies – set your priorities and follow them. When you don’t have enough time to do all the assignments, select the most significant one and get it done first.
Students are the busiest people on the planet. They always have classes to attend, homework to do, deadlines to meet, and activities to participate in. When you have too many things going on simultaneously, it’s so easy to forget something. This problem can be avoided very easily by writing down all the things that you have to do. There are several means for doing so, including calendars, to-do lists, post-it notes, etc. Try them out, choose the one that works the best for you and start using it. It can also give you extra motivation to complete tasks as soon as possible. How? Just remember how good it feels to cross things off your to-do list.
Find study groups
Hard times will always reveal true friends. What can be harder than reading tonnes of materials before every single lecture? Reading it alone. Organize a study group and share this burden with your friends. You can divide the materials into several parts, assign each part to a certain person, read yours and share its major points with everyone. As a result, you understand the general idea of the text without any unnecessary information. By doing so, required readings will take much less time and be much more fun. It’s always fun with friends around you, no matter what you are doing, isn’t it?
Keep your work with you
Sometimes you have totally unexpected free time. For example, your lecture was cancelled, and now you’re sitting in the hall, waiting for your second class, not knowing what to do or wasting your time playing games on your smartphone. Is it a familiar situation? We bet it is! Imagine how much you could do using this time properly. Now, there is a piece of advice that will help you stop squandering your time – keep your work with you. You need to solve a mathematical problem or write an essay in Chinese? Great, just bring the task with you and use your extra time to do it. You can also take advantage of the time that you spend in public transportation on your way to the university or waiting for your order in the coffee shop.
Consider some help
Every student is a superman. They can learn the term material the night before the exam and remember things that they have never known. However, even supermen need a hand sometimes, it’s too hard to cope with all the homework yourself after all. Try to find somebody who can help you with certain tasks. People still argue if buying a term paper is necessity or laziness, but you don’t have enough time to engage in polemics; you need some work to be done right now. Well, paying somebody for your homework might be neither the fairest thing in the world, nor the cheapest one, but it can surely save you lots of time and nerves. Isn’t it what really matters?
Control your social media usage
But I only use it for communicating!’ Yes, we’ve heard that a lot. However, statistics shows that young people spend an average of 51 minutes per day on Facebook. If we make a simple calculation, we can count that youth spends there as much as 1530 minutes (25,5 hours) per month and 18615 minutes (310 hours) per year. Each month you spend one entire day out of 30 answering texts and scrolling your news feed! You don’t have to get rid of social media; it’s a very important part of our lives nowadays. Try and do your best to control your usage. Reducing it only by 20 minutes per day won’t make a huge difference in information that you get from social media, but it will save you some time to do things which are more important.
Find your most productive time and conditions
Have you ever heard of Pareto rule? It states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In other words, 80% of your work is done by 20% of your efforts, the rest 80% you spend doing 20% of your work. We believe that you can minimize wasting your energy and time if you do the work when you are most productive. Some people perform better at night while others do greater in the morning. Some people prefer working in silence while others need external noise to stay focused. Define the environment that works best for you and try doing most of your assignments in such ideal conditions. Staying organized is very important for students.
Now you know some secrets of college time-management. It might take you about 5 minutes to read this article, but we hope it will save you a lot more time in future. The more advice you follow, the more you can keep up with. Good luck with your studies! Make sure to share your personal tips on how to manage time in college in the comments section below.