Every college program involves completing a long list of challenging tasks. Keeping track of those tasks and their deadlines is a common source of stress for college students. Many struggling students don’t plan to fail; they simply fail to plan.
✓ Use your time wisely. There are 168 hours in a week. Use idle time to complete smaller tasks. This will free up time for the big things.
✓ Devote more time to important assignments. Be prepared to invest an average of 2 solid hours for every 5% an assignment is worth.
✓ Prioritize your assignments. Make sure that you can devote the time needed to each assignment, accounting for other responsibilities in your life and other things that may come up.
✓ Start planning your time early in the semester. The earlier you start managing your time, the easier it is. Get into good habits early so you don’t fall behind.
✓ Create a semester plan. Write down your deadlines for the semester so that they don’t catch you by surprise.
✓ Plan out your week. Create a weekly schedule and use it every day.
✓ Give yourself enough time. Budget at least 1 hour of homework time for every hour of class time.
✓ Prioritize your tasks. Make a task list and do the most important and urgent things first.
✓ Develop an assignment tracker. Plan how you will complete your assignments by breaking big tasks down into manageable steps.
✓ Start early. Don’t get sucked into the procrastination trap. Give yourself enough time to complete your assignment properly.
✓ Plan some downtime. Make sure to include time for fun or relaxing into your schedule every day.