Time Management Tips from Student Ambassador Candace Jones
Over the past four years in college, I’ve learned how to almost perfect my time management skills. Without these skills, I would not have been able to work two part-time jobs while going to school full-time. These tips have saved my life, especially during finals.
#1: Get a Planner
If you think you’re going to remember all the assignments you have due this week, you’re not, trust me. Assignments pile up, and the next thing you know, you’re out at 1AM realizing you had an assignment due on blackboard at 11:59PM. Write it down!
#2: Don’t Procrastinate!
If you have time to do an assignment, do it right then! You will regret it later when you don’t. You’ll have a group project due in two months, and then a week before the assignment is due, everyone is freaking out because it’s a lot more work than you thought it would be. Start looking at the assignment at least a week after you got it, and your future self will thank you.
#3: Plan Ahead
If you write things down (tip #1), and you see you have 3 big assignments due in the same week, it’s probably best to plan things out in advance. The worst thing that can happen is when you’re up until 3AM in the library, wondering where things went wrong. And then repeating it the next semester.
#4: Avoid Distractions
If your roommates like to party, and you have to study for an exam for next week, go to a place where you won’t be distracted. The best place would be the library, or if you’re in a dorm, the lounge area. I like to go to Towson University’s library and find a quiet place to study, whether it’s the quiet room, or the new 24-hour space. You can also go to a coffee shop and listen to music too. I like to listen to instrumental or classical music when I’m trying to really focus, that way I’m not distracted by the lyrics. Find a place where you can focus on your schoolwork, and you’ll get a lot more done.
Finals are stressful for anyone. The key is to make it a little less stressful. Having good time management skills help. While it is important to study, it’s important to take some time off studying to relieve some stress too. Reward yourself by watching an episode of your favorite tv show, or going out with your friends. Time management skills will save you a lot of time, and stress.