Elissa Rogers is current in pursuit of her Doctorate of Business Administration at Liberty University. She is also a Student Ambassador with McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Moving to college requires many changes. One of the biggest changes faced involves deciding how to manage your time. In high school someone may make sure that you wake up for school on time, teachers often remind students of upcoming work, and your family reminds you of any chores that still need to be completed.
College is a whole new world. Homework is assigned, often in the class syllabus, and may not be mentioned again until the date that it is due.
Today’s blogpost will focus on how to ensure that all your assignments are completed in a reasonable manner. I personally have found that a bit of planning ahead can be very helpful. If utilized fully this time management tool can help you decide if you have time to go hang out, or if you should stay in and study!
- Beginning of course: Review all available documents for the course (syllabus, schedule, instructions on future assignments, etc.). I typically print these pages out, and use my highlighter to mark pertinent aspects of the course. The goal with this review is to get a general idea of what will be expected from you throughout the upcoming semester.
- Beginning each week: I make up a 3 x 5 card with all of my weekly work listed. You may need more than one card, if you are taking multiple classes. (I am in one Doctoral level class right now, so one card works for me!)
- List out various assigned readings (I listed by author’s last name, and chapter number).
- Include all assignments on your card, along with their due dates.
- Once I have all of my weekly work listed for myself, I try to plan a rough schedule of what I want to accomplish each day.
- I like to plan to have my assignments done at least one day ahead of time, so if I fall behind I have some wiggle room to catch up.
- If the class has some bigger project (research papers, etc.), then adding them to earlier week’s cards can help cut down on overload. Take the project in small pieces (find topic, locate resources, read/highlight sources, outline, rough draft, and final draft) with one or two pieces on your weekly cards. This can save you the last-minute stress of trying to work on a big project in one week.
- As reading and assignments are completed cross them off on your list (awesome feeling).