While it is important to allow yourself personal time and even to work while in college, you need to realize how much time you are actually spending in activities that are not directly related to your studies.
Students who are most successful in college indicate that effectively managing their time was one of the biggest contributors to their success. Use a planner or calendar to prioritize and organize your time. Be sure that you keep study time sacred – and turn off the cell phone, computer, etc. You will learn more in a shorter time if you keep your focus!
Very few people are successful without some type of system for managing time. Relying on your memory or on someone else is far from fail-safe. Be sure to write down ALL important information (exam dates, assignment due dates, meetings, appointments, etc.) in a calendar or planner.
If you can do one thing to ensure your success as you start college, learn and use a good time management strategy. First, get a planner or calendar and write down ALL important information (exam dates, assignment due dates, meetings, appointments, etc.) Then you’ll know that you won’t forget things, and you can plan for long-term projects or your busiest times. Use your planner to map out how you’ll spend your time every day.
Without a tool for managing your time, you may find yourself procrastinating, forgetting things or trying to do too many things at once (and, as a result, doing them poorly). Examining priorities and developing a schedule that balances academic, social and personal time is essential to first-year success.
One of the biggest differences between high school and college is that college professors expect students to be prepared. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with assignments, class group meetings, changes in the syllabus, etc. Your professor may not remind you that a test is coming up or that a paper is due. Check your syllabus and always write EVERYTHING in your planner!