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Time Is on Your Side: Lectures and Papers and Tests-Oh My! Here's How to Get It All Done and Still Save Time for Fun

Magazine article Careers & Colleges

Time Is on Your Side: Lectures and Papers and Tests-Oh My! Here's How to Get It All Done and Still Save Time for Fun

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Ask any college freshman what their biggest challenge is, and chances are it'll have something to do with time management. Finding enough hours in the day to take care of business--and maybe even squeeze in a meal and some shuteye--is a struggle for lots of students. But for college freshmen, many of whom are also learning to live on their own for the first time, it can seem all but impossible.

Set Goals

Dr. Edward O'Keefe, author of Self-Management for College Students: The ABC Approach (Partridge Hill Publishers, 2000), recommends that you start by looking at the big picture and figuring out what's important to you. Write down your major goals for college, and don't limit yourself to studies. "Use college to develop the rest of yourself, in addition to your academic side," advises O'Keefe.

Once you've determined what you want out of college, figure out when, where, and how you work best. Ask yourself the following questions:

* Do I work best with an intense or more laidback schedule? Some people thrive on an ultra-packed lifestyle; others get overwhelmed.

* Am I a morning or evening person? Study when you're most alert. Don't get up early to study if it means you'll be nodding off by noon. Conversely, try not to stay up too late if you're likely to oversleep the next morning.

* Can I tune out distractions easily? Some students can study effectively in the dorm, even when the music is loud enough to make the walls vibrate. Others need the peace and quiet of the library. …

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