An unknown author once said “Keeping up is always easier than catching up.” Although many students would agree that a major key to success in college lies in good organization and proper planning, many do not take it seriously enough. This could put many students at a severe disadvantage. According to the book Opening Doors: Understanding College Reading by Janet Elder and Joe Cortina, understanding how to stay organized and creating good study habits is crucial to college success. Time management and proper planning will help a student to stay organized, to stay motivated, and to do well in his or her classes.
A schedule, monthly assignment calendar, and a to-do list are all tools that will help students stay on track. A schedule is an important tool that will show students an overall picture of their free time, work, classes and any other time obligations. With this information they can plan out aspects of their day and assure that all aspects of their day are balanced. A monthly assignment calendar is a place to keep important dates specifically for classes. Keeping track of tests, due dates, and other important school-related items will help students reduce stress and stay in control. A to-do list needs to be detailed, prioritized, and should be easy to reference to find out what needs to be done next. Large assignments can also be broken down into smaller tasks that can be checked off throughout the day as they are accomplished. These tools will help students determine how much time they have to study, what needs to be done, and in what order.
Successful students plan out important aspects of their study sessions ahead of time. They choose a time to study that will benefit them the most. By studying when they are at their best they are more effective and are able to make the most of their time. They have a plan for where they will study and use the same location every time. The optimum place is somewhere quiet where they can focus and will not be interrupted. They should study in a clean and comfortable location that is organized and has ample room for all their study materials. Making sure they have easy access to any necessary study materials keeps the student from having to interrupt their study time to find supplies. These actions help students get the most from their study time.
Setting aside time just for studying is a great way to make sure students...