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Manage Your Time

Time management is a critical part of the university experience. If you are going to be a successful college student, you need to learn how to fit your responsibilities into your schedule.

Here are five methods that’ll help you manage your time while in college.

1. Set deadlines and reward yourself when you meet them

You need to create a rewards system for yourself. Set strict deadlines for your workload. Follow these self-created time impositions, and when you have achieved the goals that you set for yourself, reward yourself with time off. You have to be able to work in spurts. Achieve what you’ve set out to do, and let yourself enjoy the benefits of a job well done.

2. Spend mandatory time in the library or find a quiet place where you can always work

Having a place on campus, in your house or anywhere else that’s quiet and conducive to hard work is a must. Do you have some time to kill before your next class starts? Then go to the library and get some work done. Schedule regular trips to your quiet study place, so that you know that you always have time to complete your work 

3. Sleep properly (or at least make honest attempts to try)

You’re going to have a few all-nighters in college, whether you’re up all night working or raging with your friends. Long periods of improper sleeping habits can have a detrimental effect on your study. Don’t dig yourself into too big of hole. After you’ve pulled an all-nighter, recharge your battery accordingly.

4. Make to-do lists

Write down what you have to do every day. Cross off activities from the list once they are complete. This idea my sound ridiculous, but you have to keep track of your responsibilities on a daily basis. You don’t need some hardcore organizer to get through your day. Just wake up, take a piece of scratch paper, and write down everything that you want to accomplish for the day. You might not get to everything, but you’ll know exactly how to juggle your priorities when you have them written down and in your pocket.

5. Find a study partner who will encourage and support you

You don’t have to study by yourself all the time. Find a cool kid in your class and combine your knowledge. Compare notes and ask each other questions. Pool together your strengths and encourage each other to keep improving. When a test comes along, rack your study partner’s brain for valuable info, and share any pertinent facts that you’ve uncovered yourself. 

College is great place to learn self-discipline. Your parents won’t be there to nag, challenge and bait you into getting your work done. You need to set your own schedule. Reward yourself when you have completed your goals. Find a quiet place to get your work done. Get enough rest, make to-do lists, and find supportive study partners. The more self-control you have over your schedule, the more productive your college experience will be.