Time Management is a useful skill for college students. There is always so much coursework to study, so many assignments and projects to finish, so many clubs and extra-curricular activities to take part in, and events happening all the time. If you work part-time to earn pocket-money or have health improvement goals to pursue, you do need to pick up a few life hacks:
- 15 Minutes in the Morning: Just after you wake up, use first 5 minutes to stretch your body, next 5 minutes to make your bed and keep everything in place, and last 5 minutes to quickly plan what you will do throughout the day. This hack will save you a lot of time for sure.
- A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: If you don’t understand something in class, don’t try to skip it over. Take some time to figure it out or seek help. If you skip over a concept, you will miss out on all the topics and concepts built up on it subsequently.
- Be in Control: College students often make the mistake of getting influenced by their peers easily. If your friends are partying, you will want to party too. If they are planning a startup, you will be brainstorming about business ideas too. Be choosy about your friends and keep your surroundings distraction-free. If you just cannot find a good company, go to the library and choose the company of good books. You may also want to use headphones while studying to avoid distractions in the room.
- Class Secrets: Before the class, read the material and complete the homework so that you can pay attention to important elements during the lecture. Prepare a list of questions you haven’t understood. During the class, sit in the front where you can focus on the lecture better. Take notes or record the lecture for future use. Just after class, note down the missing sections of your notes from your friends, ask your professor about any additional info you might need, and clean up your notes so that they are readable later. In the evening, read your class notes loudly and try to understand them.
- Do not be afraid of Challenges: Work pressure is a part-and-parcel of life. Accept it and be ready to face it head-on. Have confidence in yourself and you might be surprised how much you can handle under pressure.
- Early Risers Accomplish More: Several studies have revealed that ‘waking up early’ is directly correlated to ‘Success’. A 2008 Texas University showed that ‘morning people’ scored a full point higher GPAs than the ‘night owls’ in college. The morning time is quieter and helps you to organize, plan and set goals in a better way.
- Increase your Memory Power: A 2010 research by Dr. Mary Newport found that about two tablespoons of coconut oil in your food is good for your brain and can also prevent degenerative neurological diseases. Research also shows that you need about eight seconds to register a piece of information and make it a part of your memory. So, focus on one sentence for at least a few seconds before moving on to the next sentence. You should also learn to use mnemonics to remember things for a longer period. Your seniors can be a good source of some interesting acronyms, visualizations, or funny rhymes to remember important facts and figures.
- Keep Your Goals Realistic: Don’t take up too many courses during one semester. Setting your goal too high will lead to unnecessary stress and eventually, frustration. Opt for a reasonable amount of coursework instead – and be thorough with it.
- Keep Your Things in Place: College is the time when you realize why your mom used to hound you so much about organizing things and cleaning up your room. The realization strikes when you start searching for your misplaced assignment or lost notes at the last minute – and may even bring tears to your eyes. A neat and clean room and a well-organize table impress more girls in college too.
- Know Your Purpose of Attending College: Set up goals for your college days. Then, figure out the main reason for attending college in the first place. What is most important to you? Getting perfect grades or networking with people of targeted skills? Plan your college life, keeping your purpose in mind.
- Learn to Focus from Monks: In the Internet age, it has become almost impossible for us to switch off email, Facebook, or games on your smart phone. Distractions have multiplied like never before. Yet, multitasking means that you are not able to focus on one thing at a time. Start with focusing on your studies for just 15 minutes at a time – and increase it to two hours. Finish one task first and then move on to other.
- Listen to Recorded Lectures at Twice the Speed: Use Audacity or VLC media player to listen to the recorded lectures at double speed. They are still coherent at that speed and your mind can easily decipher them, if you have listened to the lecture carefully for the first time.
- Make a Planner: Writing things down help you to keep a track of all that you have to do during the course of the day. It is also an incredible tool to help you hand over your assignments and projects in time.
- Make Notes in Different Colored Pens: It makes your notes prettier, more interesting to read and makes it easier to find a particular point. You can use one color for definitions, another color to highlight formulas and yet, another color for important headings.
- Set Mini-Deadlines: If you are a habitual procrastinator, setting up mini-deadlines for yourself throughout the day can be extremely useful. Your goals will read something like this: “I will brush, bathe and eat breakfast in an hour and then, I will study for three hours.”
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