How To Manage Your Time In College

Time seems to be the one thing that college students just can’t seem to find enough of:

  • Time for studying
  • Time for work
  • Time for sleep
  • Time to write that term paper
  • Time for homework

Balancing all these things (and more) can be overwhelming. Personally, I had a very difficult time getting into the swing of college during my freshman year.

After a lot of trial and error, you begin to learn which time management tricks work for you and which don’t.

If you’re having trouble keeping track of things, give some of these methods a try:

1. Keep a copy of your class and work schedule on hand.

Put a copy of it on your bedroom wall near your door, above your desk or any other place you’re likely to see it often. You can also try taping a copy to your binder or notebook.

The more often you see it, the more likely you are to remember where you’re supposed to be (especially if you’re balancing classes and a job and everything else).

2. Don’t take on more than you can handle.

Everyone has their limit. Even though there may be three student organizations you really want to join, take a step back and ask yourself:

Can I handle keeping up with my classes and homework and (insert your other responsibilities here) and being a full-time member in these clubs?

If the answer is “No” or “I’m not sure,” that’s perfectly fine. Pick the organization you’d like to join the most and go for it.

Chances are that you’ll be able to join the other one(s) next semester or even next year if you need time to get used to your new school and schedule. There’s no rush and student organizations are run by just that: students. They were once new, too. Talk to them about joining later than you’d hoped. Chances are they’ll understand.

3. Make a list.

My memory has never been the greatest and I’m constantly forgetting and misplacing things. This was a huge problem when I got to college. As you know (or will soon find out) a missed assignment in a college course can mean the difference between passing and failing.

The one sure-fire method I’ve found to combat this is making lists. If I know I have a lot to do the next day, I quickly jot it down.

4. If you need help, ask for it!

Sometimes you get overwhelmed. It happens. You might have too many assignments due or tests to take in one week, or you might just be having an off day.

If this happens and it’s just too much for you to take, there’s always someone on campus who can help.

Some schools have counselors for their students to talk to. If your school doesn’t, go to the medical office and/or nurse’s office and explain your situation. It’s their job to take care of students, both physically and mentally.

It’s also worth noting that, whether or not you’re particularly religious or practice a specific religion, offices such as your school’s ministry department usually have someone willing to sit with you and just listen.

Then again, if you’re not comfortable talking to somebody who works for the school, you can always ask a friend to act as your sounding board so you can get things off your chest. You’d be surprised how often that does the trick!

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Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris is a senior at Benedictine University in Illinois pursuing a degree in writing and publishing. When she is not at work in the Office of Admissions or on the university's newspaper, she can be found writing short stories, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.