Improving Time Management and Organization in College

Chances are, in high school, your parents made sure that your homework and studying were getting done—whether they helped you work out calculus problems or they simply reminded you about your tests and exams.   In college, however, your parents will not be around to make sure that you wake up for class and that your studying gets done.

Many professors are strict and may deduct points if students are late to class.   Before your classes officially start, learn where your classes are and time how long it takes for you to get from your dorm to your classroom buildings.   This will help you time how long you need in the mornings to get ready, and how long you have to get to your next class.

Use a calendar, whether it is the one on your phone or an old fashioned planner.   When you start your classes, your professors will probably give you a syllabus that outlines the course, when assignments are due, and when exams will be held.   Go ahead and put these dates in your calendar.   Although your professors may change some of these dates, it is still a good idea to see where in the course your exams will be held.   If a test on Chapters 3 and 4 in your biology class is supposed to be given after day 14 in the syllabus, you can prepare accordingly, even if the date of the test itself is moved.

Work out a system for dating your class notes and keeping them organized, whether you take notes on a laptop or pen and paper.   Some students prefer the convenience of having their notes in one spiral notebook; others prefer word processor documents organized by date.   Determine what works for you and remain consistent in the method you choose.