As the semester nears an end, it can seem like there is still an enormous amount of assignments with very little time to complete them. If you haven’t already adapted to a time management strategy, now is the time to do it. Managing your time is essentially vital to doing well in college. While it may seem like you have more free time than ever before, the amount of time that needs to be devoted to studying and working on assignments is a huge portion.
The first step to managing your time is to make a to-do list. This way you will be sure you aren’t forgetting anything and it feels good to check off completed items. You will want to prioritize this list. Try putting the most important items at the top. Getting these things out of the way first will make you feel a lot better about the rest of the list.
Once you have your to-do list, look at your schedule and start blocking out times. Estimate how long it will take to complete each item on the list and plan accordingly. Be sure to also block out time for sleeping and relaxing. If you don’t give yourself the time you need to relax a little bit, you’ll end up overwhelming yourself. Another thing to keep in mind while making your schedule is when you are most productive. If you are a night owl and get more work done later in the day, make your schedule accordingly.
Once you have your to-do list and set schedule, be sure to make the most of your studying time. Limit distractions such as checking your phone or Facebook, Twitter, etc. Stay focused on your task at hand and don’t stress! Winter break is almost here so end the semester with great grades to bring home!
Check out these time management tips, as well as other study strategies at the UNH CONNECT Program.