When you do what successful college students do, you get what successful college students get!
I know, sometimes you just want to go with the flow and not be held to a tight schedule. That’s completely understandable. Just make sure that most of the time, you have a clear focus and direction so you know what you will have accomplished by the end of your day.
How much of the time should you schedule?
Try 80% and see how much you get done. If you’re uncomfortable getting that much done, scale back a bit. I’m thinking you’ll like the results.
Successful students manage expectations of themselves. They also manage the expectations others have of them.
Let’s say that you have a free Saturday. How do you manage your time? You don’t have to work, you don’t have study group, and you’ve decided this is a great time to catch up on those 500 pages of reading for your History class.
Before you set your alarm for 6 AM and plan to read until 9 PM , do yourself a favor and set challenging, yet reasonable goals for yourself. If you set the bar too high, you will get discouraged and give up after about, oh, three paragraphs. This is just what successful college students do.
And while you’re at it, let others know what you can do. If your study group assigns you an entire chapter to report on in the next 24 hours, let them know if you will be glad to take the first half of the chapter, but you are booked up past that.
Ok, they won’t love it, but it’s better than pretending you can get through all of that and discouraging yourself and your group.
Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,
As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful with time management and enjoy school whole lot more.
Ask about speaking or mentoring for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.