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How to manage time as a University student

University schedules aren't as structured as they were at school *sigh*. As a university student, a constant worry may be time management. This becomes considerably more difficult when you factor in work, family, health, and social activities. Hence, university students need strong time management skills. Here are six tips to help you learn how to skilfully manage your time and make the most of your student life!

1. Get Ahead

In university (or college, if you’re American), students anticipate receiving tough assignments, such as research papers. Make it a practice to start these larger tasks well in advance of your due dates rather than scrambling to finish them at the last minute. The same holds true when preparing for tests that have been planned in advance.

Trackers, planners and checklists will become your best friend in college. Creating them for each lesson or day of the week by printing or writing them down will help you remember everything you need to do. To help you better picture what has to be done, try colour co-ordinating tasks according to significance or subject.

2. Use a Calendar to Record

It can be simple for university students to forget about deadlines when they have so much extracurricular activity. Experts recommend using a calendar to keep track of due dates rather than just relying on memory. You can purchase a cute diary or download a free organisation app. It is also recommended to go over course schedules and syllabus at the start of the semester and make a list of all crucial dates.

3. Find a Routine

It's challenging to keep up with this one because class schedules change every semester. However, students will often spend only a few hours in class each week, giving them more freedom to choose when they want to study and complete their assignments.

Why is it important?

Because getting into a routine can reduce uncertainty about when and how you will fit in homework and study time on top of school and work. You can also see if you have leftover time for other engagements. Try out several time management techniques over the course of a semester and follow a routine that prevents procrastination.

4. Learn How to Study Effectively

While attending lectures, many of us take notes, but we stop there. Frank Buck, an educational consultant advises students to approach their lecture notes more like a first draft or rough outline. Don't stress about form, neatness, or spelling in class. You'll remember and grasp new ideas better if you rewrite and rearrange those notes much later. Take a moment to reflect on anything that didn't make sense during the initial lesson as you proceed.

There are only 24 hours in a day. University students with demanding schedules need to make the most of their study time, and if they have bad study habits in high school, they can find themselves falling behind. You can create flashcards, have someone quiz you, or quiz yourself using learning apps. There are many ways to learn and university should be a great place to test them into experience.

5. Schedule Study Breaks

Even the most dedicated students require some downtime to recharge after what seems like endless hours of homework. However, breaks should be taken moderately. In order to prevent accidental overindulgences in leisure activities, you can set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes to give yourself some socialising or distraction time. It should involve engaging in pastimes you enjoy, such as working out, taking a walk, listening to music, or watching an episode of your favorite TV show. But you need to switch back to studying when the timer goes off. The secret to good learning is discipline.

6. Know Your Limits

Some students have to juggle their education with other commitments, such as family obligations or part-time jobs. Many students voluntarily add more extracurricular activities to their plate of responsibilities. Experts encourage well-roundedness, but warn students of overloading themselves. At the end of the day, school has to be your top focus at all times. Remember, a few truly well-done things are also preferable than many poorly-done ones.

You might find that you have extra time in a day if you use some or all of the aforementioned tips above. Don’t sweat it if you find it difficult at the start - it’s a skill meant you have to hone in order to unlock your full potential.

Since you'll be more productive, the thought of managing your time can feel freeing. As a result of accomplishing the necessary tasks, you will have more time to complete the things you desire.

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