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Best ways to manage time in college?

I'm a current college sophomore, and I never feel like I have enough time in the day. I want to do well in my classes, but when I study it's very time consuming. This wasn't so bad before, but now that I'm trying to get more involved around campus and applying for internships I've got a lot less free time. I don't want to waste so much time that I become burnt out. What were some ways you managed your time?
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Richard’s Answer

Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

Treat school like a job. Get up early, get to work and when your work is done at the end of the day, you can spend time on social life or organizations.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi Joshua, thank you for your question. This is a question on how do you manage your time.
Below is my suggestions :
1. Identify a time management tool , e.g. Calendar in your phone, Microsoft Outlook, etc.
2. Put down your classes time
3. Assign some time on assignment, projects and revision everyday. Make sure you put down some breaks rather than prolong period
4. Allocate some time for your extracurricular activities, intern searching, etc. Also, make sure have sufficient for rest every day.
5. On the weekends, you can put some time for leisure, e.g. your hobbies, etc. , doing exercise, family & friends gathering, relax, etc.
You do not need to completely fill up your schedule. Leave some time to relax and 'me' time for reflection.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Joshua, this is a very common question. It sounds to me like you don't have a time management problem as much as making good chooses. You said that you seem to have more time available when you were less involved in school activities, and now that you are becoming more involved you don't have the kind of time to put into your class work. Well, my suggestion would be to decide which activities you want to be involved in at school 1 or 2 and drop the rest of them. You have to remember that the purpose of school is to get an education. Best of luck
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Joanna’s Answer

Here are some of the ways I managed being a student with work.

1. Organization: I personally love google calendar to mark all my major exams/projects. I also created a google sheets with ALL my assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. with their due dates (you should have this information from the syllabus).
2. Start early/Pomodoro technique: Spacing out your learning has been proven to be more effective than cramming information in the night before. So i recommend you start studying early and utilized the pomodoro technique when studying. This will help reinforce the material you learn
3. Find a time when you study best: I study best in the morning but others prefer late night, so find a routine that works well with you!
4. Practice: do as much practice probs as you can
5. Self care: Make sure you always save time for yourself everyday! if you push to hard, you'll crash
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Wendy’s Answer

Hi Joshua. You've touched on a subject that I think everyone deals with, and it certainly is a challenge for me managing a career. There are a few things that have helped me tremendously over the years.

  1. Know your priorities. Determine what's most important to you, and I would recommend you write them down in order. Then, when something comes up you can look at where it lies on the list. If you have a big assignment, things in the lower priority list may have to wait.
  2. Keep a calendar. I keep a schedule in Google but I also have a bullet journal and like to have a place to write things down. That helps me remember my commitments.
  3. Make appointments with yourself. After you factor in your class schedule, block time on your calendar for your priorities. Be sure to include time to sleep, eat, and exercise. And be sure you schedule time for fun. This will help be sure you don't get burnt out.
  4. Turn off notifications on your phone. Every app wants your attention all of the time. If it isn't a calendar reminder, phone call, or text message, consider whether you need the notifications or you can go to the app when you have time. If I'm not careful even now, I can lose a lot of time to social media and so have to discipline myself to not look at my phone.
  5. Turn off your ringer and all outside distractions when it's study time. It may be easier to do that in a place like the library where you can focus.
  6. Do your best work during your best time of the day. For me, that's first thing in the morning. When I was in school it was around 11pm. You know when you are at your best. Take your best time for you.

It's great to hear you are focusing on this now, because the habits you develop now will also help you avoid burnout and have much success in your career.

Wendy recommends the following next steps:

Write down your priorities
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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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Rachel’s Answer

No doubt, studying is very time consuming. Rather than try to allot less time for school in your college experience, I would recommend accepting that you will go to class every day and study about 2 hours a day for each class.
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Lesly’s Answer

The best way to manage time in college can actually be enjoyable and highly rewarding! To start, create a calendar that truly reflects your personal goals and interests. This will make keeping track of responsibilities and commitments feel all the more worthwhile. Then, enhance your focus on those priorities by setting reminders; that way, you'll never miss the important things in your life.

One of the most gratifying aspects of time management is building a personalized schedule that genuinely empowers you. Take advantage of various tools that resonate with your unique style, making this process engaging and fun! Remember, it's vital to prioritize both your academic and personal life, so don't forget to make time for the activities you enjoy, as well as some well-deserved "me time."

Another key to success is seeking support from others who can help you on this journey. Connecting with friends, family, and mentors not only ensures you stay well-rounded but also creates a valuable network for support and guidance.

Always be realistic and flexible with your expectations, as this mindset will allow you to stay encouraged and motivated even when things don’t go according to plan. Embrace your time in college as a chance to grow and develop, knowing you have the power to create a healthy balance that will lead you towards a fulfilled and thriving life. Stay positive and trust in your ability to succeed!
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