Time Management Skills to Calm College Student Stress
By: Clarissa De La Rosa
College can be very stressful, and might bring you down, but using time management skills can be the solution to your problems. According to the book Get Time on Your Side by Jennifer Nicholas there is a very simple way to define time management, “Experts say that good time management is all about prioritizing your time” (26) . The author Nicholas means that when organizing your time you have to choose what’s important and what’s not (26). In college it is very important to use time management when balancing your academics, work, and social life.
Keeping up with your academics in college might be very difficult. The first thing you should do is get a calendar for the semester and using your class syllabus write down all important dates to hand in assignments and test dates. Then you should make a list with your career goals, weaknesses, and strengths. When you understand where you want to head you can decide what classes you are going to take priority in (Jennifer 28). For example, if your career field is hospitality management and you know you’re not good with measuring and weighing ingredients you can take extra time to study a little more for your culinary classes. Take classes two or three times a week, that way you don’t feel so much pressure. Always remember deadlines and follow instructions when doing assignments. As stated in “Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness” by author Conley D. T, if you are confused about an assignment, ask your professor questions. Also write everything down to remember what you have to do, and take many notes in class (Conley 17). It is important to keep up with your academics in college in order to get good grades, understand and enjoy your classes, and feel satisfied with yourself.
While in college you might take advantage of your federal work study money and work in your college’s library, or just work in a clothing store to help pay tuition and books. It is important that you don’t forget about your academics while working. You should schedule your work hours after or before your classes and take part time shifts. This way you have time to earn some money and you don’t feel overwhelmed. Always remember that study time is more important than your job and always allow your self-study time (Conley 17). It might be very helpful to you if you try to find a job pertaining to your career field. For example, if your career field is nursing, you can get a job in an office in the nursing department helping professors set up experimental rooms, or do research. By doing this you can gain a lot of knowledge and experience in your field. Balancing your work time and study time is very necessary in order to get good grades, gain responsibility, and not fall behind in your classes.
Working hard in your job and in your classes is great! But let’s not forget that you deserve time to enjoy yourself. Don’t forget about your social life. Go out with your friends and do things you enjoy like going to the movies, eating ice-cream or even going to a party (Jennifer 29). If your friends are in the same major as you, do stuff together that you guys can have fun doing while learning about your field. For example if your field is hospitality, join clubs with your friends like the wine club or the Ana Nurse club. Socializing with your friends can relax your mind and relieve stress that can be caused by your academics and jobs.
Using time management skills to balance your academics, job, and social life will prevent stress and make your time in college very enjoyable instead of a nightmare. Remember, prioritize your time. Choose what’s important and what’s not (Jennifer 26). Working hard and making wise chooses will pay off at the end and will give you that satisfaction of accomplishment.
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