Finally! Another COLLEGE CHRONICLES post! One of the biggest issues I have with being involved in so much is managing my time between everything. I’m so excited to share this post with you from Alexis to help get our lives together!
What is the hardest thing you struggle with as a college student? Aside from understanding the material, time management is probably one of your toughest aspects. Most college students are busy, working full-time jobs…or maybe you have kids and a family at home too!
This post is definitely for you!
When you major in chemistry and mathematics in college, you realize almost immediately that time is of the essence to be successful, but with five hour labs every few days, hours of homework every night, and really intense material to learn, finding time to do it all is literally impossible!
It took years for me get the hang of it, but I finally perfected my time management essentials which continue to help me to this day with my blog, Chemistry Cachet, and my online academic coaching business. There are many clients to help and blog posts to be written, leaving little time to waste.
The first time I meet with a new client, I always want to know what are they doing to manage their time with studying, personal life, etc.
Usually this is the thing I tweak the most for them!
So, why is time management such big deal?
It is the key to success in college. Success is more than just good grades too. You may be the type of person who can wing your work load in college and make good grades, but are you really getting the most out of your time? I was like this too until I realized I wanted more than just to “get by.” I wanted to really learn my degree and enjoy my time as a student, instead of being in a constant state of rush!
My clients number one request when they hire me for academic coaching is time management. How can I really do all these classes successfully? How can I juggle all my school work and personal life?
Today, I want to share with you the first five tips I give each person. They are really simple tips that you have probably done a time or two throughout the years. The key to using these, is doing them ALL and doing them consistently.
Figure out which class involves the hardest information. This doesn’t always mean it has the most work. In fact, I have found that the hardest classes I had in college required very little homework or lab reports. It was just almost impossible to learn things like quantum chemistry overnight!
Whatever is the hardest to understand, set aside time every day to work on it. Reading the notes, researching, or anything else the class requires, do it every day. Make sure you set aside a specific time for it also.
Mornings are my thing, so I always worked on quantum chemistry or qualitative analysis for two hours every morning, even when there wasn’t a test coming up. It was the ONLY way I could stay on top of the information. It was always in the morning before my husband was awake and before the normal daily noises started up outside. Just peace and quite!
Decide which class requires the most work like homework, papers, or reading. This could also be the hardest class, or it could be a completely different class. Oddly enough, the classes that had the most work for me, were sometimes the easier subjects. The biggest key to classes that require enormous amounts of work, is to KEEP up with it.
The majority of the clients I work with struggle with this issue the most! They wait until the work piles up in a class, then try to cram it all into a few days. Not only is this bad use of your time, but it also hinders you from really learning the material.
Always find a day on the weekend to play catch up. This ended up being my saving grace in college. I tried to keep up with everything through the week, but the hours in the day just weren’t there. So, I started using Saturday mornings as my catch up time. I would make sure I was totally caught up with everything, so on Monday I could start over with a clean slate.
If you aren’t getting something that you have spent hours on, just move on! Do everything else that needs to be done, you can always come back to it.
I just helped a client with this a few weeks ago. She came to me for coaching because she was just drowning in her classes, and really struggling to pass. She didn’t understand how she didn’t have time to do anything. I critiqued her daily activities, and found that her biggest problem was getting so caught up with one subject that she struggled with. She would end up spending all of her time and energy on this particular thing, but still wasn’t understanding it. Next thing she knew, a week had passed, and she was behind in all her classes!
I told her to move on from something she couldn’t understand after a few hours, finish up all the other work that is due, then come back to the subject. For the first time in college, she is getting caught up and doing well in all her classes! And she is starting to actually enjoy her classes!
Don’t ever procrastinate! Even if something isn’t necessarily due for a while, like a project or paper, just do it as soon as possible anyways. One of the worst ways to manage your time is to wait until only a few weeks before a project is due to start on it.
When a new semester started for me, I would always see which classes had a big project due, and start working on it as soon as I could. Usually, the longest part of a project would be the brain storming I did to prepare, and get all the information ready to go.
Then, when I started working on the project, I had everything nicely researched in advance. If I finished the project up weeks ahead of time, I would continue to perfect it until the due date or even turn it in early. The quality of my work was such much better when I stopped procrastinating!
Most of these changes seem simple, and you probably do a few of them already. Doing all of them each semester in college is so important to get the most out of it! It personally took me a couple of semesters to get out of the habit of procrastinating, which was my biggest weakness!
And that is the thing, it was a bad habit! I practiced these tips so much, they became my work nature in general. Being a good time manager has been a huge key to owning my own business too!
So, these tips can carry you from college to your professional life!
If you are interested in academic coaching, feel free to check out my website and contact me! I specialize in helping my clients learn effective note taking, test taking and time management!
Right now I have a special going on for new clients for my basic coaching package. Contact me here and let me know where you are stopping by from 🙂 Reference code 5off for $5 off the basic coaching package. I am also including two electronic documents for test taking secrets and study secrets! You can also read my testimonial page here too. If you are struggling with time management, motivation, or staying on top of your work/class load, I would love to help!
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Alexis is a coffee loving chemist, blogger, and writer. When she’s not snapchatting recipes & behind the scenes, she’s posting too many bulldog and flower pictures on Instagram! She lives in Texas with her husband of almost nine years and her chubby English Bulldog. Ruger! Healthy baking is her favorite form of experimenting these days. She loves teaching and helping people live better and enjoy life more! Find her on twitter | facebook | linkedin | pinterest | instagram | snapchat (@alexisroch)