Former first lady Abigail Adams once said, “the habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties” (Billmeyer, 2009, p. 115). The number of adults pursuing a college degree is constantly increasing with each passing year. Unlike younger college students fresh out of high school, adult learners are not only trying adjust to going back to school, but they must learn to balance their studies with other responsibilities in their lives such as their family and jobs. Knowing how to manage time wisely is an intricate tool for an adult attending college. Some helpful tips include prioritizing, planning ahead, making to-do lists, and avoiding procrastination.
Learning how to prioritize is very important when having to juggle so many responsibilities, because there are times in life for an adult student that it feels like the world is pulling them in 100 different directions. It is very important not to take on too much or everything will start to become intensely overwhelming. Students have to figure out which things in their life are more important than others, such as studying and completing assignments, are far more important than shopping or watching a movie. When trying to decide which assignments to do first, they must take into consideration which assignment is harder or which one is due first. Even though friends and family may have a hard time adjusting to the changes, they must learn to understand that the student can not do everything that they did before. Students have to learn how to say no without worrying how it may make other people feel. Education must become a main priority.
When adults go back to school they often find that there just is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything they need to get done so they should plan ahead. The first students need to do when planning ahead is to purchase both a weekly and yearly planner, that way they can plan for short and long term things that need done. Before writing anything in the planners it is important to estimate the time needed for each task and to make sure to include absolutely everything in them which should consist of study time, homework time, appointments, family responsibilities, work, and personal time. When allotting time for studies students often do not allow enough time to complete everything that is due. This should include around two hours of study time for each credit hour for each course they are taking. If they are taking eight hours of classes per week then they should include at least 16 hours of study time in their planner (Keeley, 2011). In the yearly planner they should put things that are in the future such as research papers, final exams, and make sure that their planners have some room for unexpected events.
Making a to-do list for daily tasks is also a very crucial part of a student’s time management while in college. They will quickly find out that making a list of what they want or need to get done is wrote down...