Maximizing Your Time to Finish the Semester Strong

 

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Welcome to #WellnessWednesday, I’m Cody and today we’re going to talk about the school – life balance.

We hope you enjoyed our stress topics last month. While this new topic isn’t just about stress it does often relate to a student’s stress response. With midterms and other tests coming up it’s going to be important that you really start tightening up those lose ends in balancing everything else going on in your life (work, kids, relationships, etc.) and if you need one-on-one help with this, Student Development is available to help you come up with a plan for success.

Let’s talk about time management. This is something that we find most students don’t do well. Here are some tips to manage your time effectively for the rest of the semester. 

1. Get a planner

Get a planner and write down everything that you know is due for the month. Break that down into the weeks so that you can a lot time to get the assignments done.

2. Lists are your friends 

Once you have everything written down for the month make a “To Do” list for each week and each day. This will help you stay organized.

3. "Spare change"

Use your “spare change” when it comes to your time. Most students waste 15 – 45 minutes at a time because they don’t believe it’s valuable. Would you throw $4 in change away from a $20 bill? No, you pocket it and use it later. The same applies with time management. If you have 30 minutes accomplish something on your to do list. 

4. Don’t let perfect stop progress.

Set aside two to three times the amount of time that you’re in class to study. This can be in the morning or afternoon. Try for times that you’re not overly tired but sometimes the ideal study time may not be available. Don’t let perfect stop progress.

Cody Davis is the director of Student Development at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

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