So I just finished my first year of college and learned very helpful lessons about time management. This matter of time management was stressed a LOT at the beginning of the fall semester. In one of my FIG (freshmen interest group) meetings, we took a blank Monday-Sunday schedule and filled in our class times. Then shaded in time for eating, sleeping, just hanging around and practical stuff like that. After we were through with that, it was amazing to see how little time was left unshaded. This exercise was to show us how important it was to manage what little time we really had for studying and school work. I feel like a BIG misconception when coming to college is that you have all of the free time in the world. It may seem like it since you spend considerably less time in the classroom, but with less work in class comes more work outside of class.
Something that I really found to be helpful was to start the day early. Although this may not be a desirable concept to most incoming freshmen to college with their first ever opportunity to choose class times, it can really make your first year run more smoothly. Don't get me wrong, I am not one to be opposed to sleeping in until 1 o'clock in the afternoon, but think about all that time wasted! During my first semester, my earliest class was at 10 AM, but what I tried to do was to get to campus (since I lived off campus) by 8 AM and study or do work until my class. You would be AMAZED how much more focused you can be in the morning and how you can get the same amount of work done in two hours that at any other time of the day may take twice as long.
|everything seems more clear in the morning :)|
So if I had to give an incoming freshmen one piece of advise regarding how to not bomb your first year of college, I would say develop healthy, normal sleeping habits. Don't schedule only afternoon classes, unless you are super dedicated and have the will power to wake up early without the pressure to get to a class. Become a morning person. The morning can be the best time to study and think. During my spring semester, I had either a class or work at 8 AM Monday through Saturday. And because I'm not the type of person who can just wake up 10 minutes before having to leave, I would usually wake up around 5 or 5:30 in the morning to have adequate time in the morning to study some and prepare for the day. Some people thought I was crazy, but these morning study sessions really saved me this past year.
|learn to love your alarm clock!|
Okay, so I understand that just because this worked for me doesn't mean that it will work for everyone. I personally have a friend you is a complete night owl and she's doing just fine. :)