Time management is key to success for college students

By Flora Ketchum

Comment Contributor

We all hear over and over again from every direction of our lives that time management is super important, and most of us know why it is important. Many of us know how to manage our time, but managing your time when it comes to school is a whole new skill set.

Time management is something we think we are good at, but when it comes down to it, a lot of college students are not great at managing their time when it comes to studying or school work.

As a senior, I have noticed a way to manage time that most students don’t think of. A lot of students take advantage of the independence a syllabus gives us, and wait until the last minute to do a lot of the work. When you get your syllabus, you’ll see work that an assignment isn’t due until the end of the semester.

And then you wait, and wait, and wait some more, and then suddenly it’s April 30 and those assignments are still waiting to be completed even though they are due at 8 a.m. the next morning.

Going to dinner with friends, the gym and sometimes even a party can be really tough to say no to. I’m not trying to get all, “don’t cave to peer pressure” over here, but let’s be honest, it’s tough to say no when all of your friends are going out.

Saying no to that one party or that one gym session could save your grade though. Just remember all the time and money we are spending on school.

If you are thinking about waiting until later in the semester to do personal journal entries, personal weekly assignments or whatever work it may be, you should reconsider.

 Time manage yourself now, and after reading this article take a step back, look over your assignments for the semester and break it down into a weekly schedule.

First of all, if you do not already use a daily planner or agenda, do yourself a favor, drop this newspaper and go get one immediately. Once you are looking at your planner, pick up a pencil and write in club meetings, sports practices, and a work schedule if you have one.

Then really take a minute to pencil in all of your classes, all of your assignments and their due dates. Pretty simple right? Most of you probably already do this. Taking a few minutes to sit down and organize your life will make everything so much easier and less stressful.

This will save your body from copious amounts of caffeine intake at the end of the semester, as well as most likely saving you from a blowout with your parents, a breakup with your significant other, make you more money because you won’t have to call-in to work, and most importantly your grades will show off all your hard work.

Flora Ketchum is a Comment Contributor. Editor-in-Chief Greg Dudek edited this story. Email him at gdudek@student.bridgew.edu.


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