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How to Maximize Your Time in College

A midterm tomorrow morning at 9:30. Work tonight from 6:00-10:00. A paper due at midnight on Thursday. Advising for next semester Friday afternoon. Oh, and don’t forgot about the homecoming football game Saturday night! With so many deadlines mixed with extracurricular activities to participate in, college can be a busy time for students. Fitting everything is a difficult task for all students. Following these simple steps can help you maximize the time of a full-time college student.

Schedule classes in blocks

Having classes sporadically placed throughout the day can be an unrecognized time killer for the full-time college student. If possible, scheduling most classes during the same time chunk each day can be a great way to get all classes out of the way at once.

Treat 8-5 as “business time”

Prepare yourself for the real world by treating 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as work time. Whether you are taking classes, tutoring, or studying; try to make the most of this time during the weekdays. By following this strategy, you will have plenty of time for extracurricular and fun activities at night and on the weekend.

Create a detailed schedule

At the start of each semester, look at your class schedule and create an hourly schedule for the weekdays. This step is essential to maximizing your time each week. This schedule needs to be very detailed and should include time to sleep, shower, eat,  commute around campus and exercise 3 to 4 times a week. Try to follow this schedule strictly each week, but adjust accordingly if needed during exam weeks. Following this schedule is the best way to avoid procrastinating and staying up all night writing a paper the night before it is due.

Sometimes you must say “No”

Sometimes the best way to avoid distractions is to simply say “no.” Whether it’s skipping out on going to the movies mid-way through the day or simply spending hours playing video games in the dorm, it is essential to stay productive during your scheduled “work time”.  Take control of what you plan to do and stay focused during the day. By doing this you will leave yourself plenty of extra time to relax at night.

Include fun time!

College is not supposed to be all about academics. Make sure to take a break and  include time to do activities that are fun! Whether this consists of going to social events, attending sporting events or simply reading a book in your dorm; make sure to include activities that you enjoy. College is the best time to develop the social skills needed for the rest of your life and professional career. Developing positive relationships can create positive self esteem and boost your performance. Remember: having fun is a vital step in making the most out of your college experience.

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