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How to manage your time in the first year of college?

Freshmen nowadays get confused on how to manage their work life and studying and having fun. Any advice to help them to be more organize? #college #management #time-management #freshmen #scheduling #study #first-year #time

Hi Rawaf! I'm a sophomore in college, and many freshmen often neglect their studies because of the amount of freedom you are given. No one is enforcing you to go to class, so you can not show up and there would be no immediate consequences. The drawback, however, is that you miss out on the professor's lecture, and you will have to learn the material by yourself, so you will need to spend extra time to learn it, and most people do not like to do this. I try to think of school as a job; from 10-4, I will try to do as much as I can, and after that time, I can relax and maybe work on my own personal projects. Hope this helps! Albert P.

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Genevieve’s Answer

Use a weekly planner. Map out the times of your classes so you know when you have time in-between. Make time for studying, but also make time for breaks. Also use google calendar. Very helpful. Also remember to be flexible. You might not be able to follow your schedule exactly each week, but having a plan in mind for when you will study and take breaks around your class schedule will help. Knowing how far your classes are from one another will be helpful too.

Very helpful!! thank you so much. Rawaf A.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Rwaf!

There is a great difference between high school and and college. This site explains the differences better that I could:

Time management is very important in college, as it will be in the real world after college. Here are some great tips - even if you do not have a part time job. Although a part time job is a great way to get your mind off of the hassle of school work, a good way to get some money, and a great way to experience the real worlld of your major area of study:

Best of luck. Please let me know if and how this helps. Keep me informed. I would like to follow your progress.

Thank you! Rawaf A.

You are welcome. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress. Ken Simmons

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Stephanie’s Answer


It can be difficult managing time appropriately your first year of college because you have a lot of new found freetime in between classes compared to high school, but on the flip side also have a lot more work/effort intensive projects spread out over time so you have to learn how to manage the studying and the play.

Adding a part time job or extracurriculars to the mix can give you less free time, but can also introduce a nice element of structure to your day, much like high school sports or other extracurriculars did. I often found that the more structure I introduced into my schedule, the more I tended to get done, because i didn't leave a lot of times for lounging around or distractions, as can happen with free time in college!

You can always drop a class in the first few weeks without penalty if your courseload seems like too much, or on the contrary pick up a part time job if you find yourself having extra freetime. It might take some trial and error at first but you'll get into a routine in no time at all!

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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

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Doreen’s Answer

The first year of college is always an exciting time for many students - For some, it's the beginning of freedom from the watchful eyes of their parents, and for others, it's the time to rediscover who they are. Not having anyone to tell you what to do by way of attending lectures, and other campus related activities can be challenging. The best way to balance your life on campus is to stay disciplined, and to understand who you are, and why you are in college. Once you know you are there for a purpose, and that purpose is to come out of college as someone who can stand on his/her own feet, to be self-sufficient is essential.

I will recommend using your phone's app to schedule your lectures and extra-curricular activities. I will also recommend ,making time for yourself every day even if it’s 30 minutes where you are able to be alone, relax, rethink the day’s activities and recharge for the next best thing. I hope this helps.