Organization, Organization, Organization, Organization, Organization.
OK, I’ll expand on that with a few key tips from the experts:
• 1.) Set yourself up for success by designing a schedule and sticking to it as much as possible. Freedom is a cool thing, but without any self-imposed structure for learning and study, we set ourselves up for failure.
• 2.) A calendar is a MUST! Your professors in college aren’t like high school and they aren’t going to remind you about due dates – it will be your responsibility to keep track of all those test, report and other due dates (plus all your social engagements!)
• 3.) When you wake up for that 8 am class, who wants to wade through stacks to find the right notebook? Color code your subjects so you can easily identify by notebook cover what subject it is. It helps to put a color code sticker on your books, too.
• 4.) Find a great place to study. It may or may not be your dorm room, depending on your roommate and hallmates. A little library nook, a lounge area that has little traffic, identify a place early on so when your room is too noisy, you have a quiet study place to go.
• 5.) Write it down. Keep a list of all your to do’s, then review it each evening for what absolutely HAS to be done tomorrow. It’s a great way to learn to set priorities.
Until next time…