What exactly does being a groupie, time management, and non-traditional students have in common?
Ok, by groupie, I mean someone who groups like things together. This is one of the biggest time management saving tips you could use. And as we all know, many non-traditional students need all the time they can muster!
Here’s how it works. Do you need to call two of your professors to set up 20 minute appointments, call your boss to confirm next month’s days off, and call a contact your advisor passed on to you to set up an informational interview?
Excellent! First off, don’t delay, secondly, make all these calls at one sitting.
Need to do some research for your English paper? While you’re at the library, also look up that reference you needed for your History paper.
Going to the store to pick up pet food? Well, get your weekly groceries now, Fluffy isn’t the only one who needs to eat.
Grouping like activities together can save the non-traditional student hours and hours a week. Yes, it takes a little bit of time to plan. But we are talking an investment of minutes to get a return of hours. And you don’t need to be an Econ major to know that’s just good ROI (return on investment.)
The next tip for the non-traditional student is about combining activities that go well together so more gets done with less effort.
For example, if you like to exercise, take a friend along. You get fun time and your workout at the same time. Hate to do housework? (Who doesn’t?) Mentally review your notes from today’s or yesterday’s class while you clean. Your space will be straight before you know it and you’ll be reviewing without taking any extra time out of your already busy day.
Write your vocabulary words for French onto index cards and carry those cards. Next time you’re waiting on someone or something, you can use those 5 to 10 minutes to review.
When you combine activities that complement each other well, you get much more done in much less time.
As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Crystal Jonas knows what it takes to make non-traditional college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more.
Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call Crystal at 719- 291-0366. ____________________________________________________________