Have you ever had the overwhelming feeling that you do not have enough time in the day or week to get all of your school work finished? Being in college is the most exciting four years in a young adult’s life. However, these four years can also bring huge amounts of stress, panic, and overall worry. Typically a large amount of stress that you feel when in college comes from the fear of not having enough time to finish all of your homework before its deadline. There are a few simple, and a few more not so simple, ways to cut back on outside activities to make room for more school.
1. Cut back social time.
This may seem like a horrible thing. After all, who wants to stop hanging out with their friends? The answer is no one. Cutting back on social time does not mean cutting out your social time altogether. It simply means to scale back the amount of pointless social time. How many hours in a day do you just sit in front of the TV with your friends watching an awful show when you should be at the library studying for an upcoming test or preparing for that rapidly approaching paper due date? It is times like these that you need to scale back on. Making school a bigger priority than just sitting with your friends searching Facebook will help to pay off in the end. Cutting back the “useless” social time also means you must create more “quality” social time. When you do make time for your friends make sure the time really counts.
2. Reduce work hours.
This may be unrealistic for many college kids who have to work during the school year to help pay for rent, food, or car expenses. Even though you may take as many hours as you can get at your job, is it worth it if your grades suffer because of it? Most businesses located on or near college campuses, and who hire college students, will be very understanding about needing to cut back a shift or two to allow for additional study time. After all, what is the point of working to put yourself through school when you are doing poorly at school because of your time spent at your job? Job and school, for many, you can not have one without the other, that is why it is important to maintain a balance between the two.
Applying for scholarships, financial aid, grants and/or loans will help to replace the income if you do decide to reduce the number of hours you spend at work. The majority of these, if not all, are free to apply for and can help you significantly if you are awarded one. Each of these rewards is given out to people who have good grades, a good plan for the future, and are in need of some extra assistance for paying for their schooling. The college/university you attend will have a list of scholarships, financial aids, grants, and loans that you are eligible to apply for. Many of these options allow students to apply for them each year or each semester they attend school. Each scholarship opportunity is different so it is important to research the ones that apply most directly to you and your needs as a student and as an individual.
4. Reduce Class.
Many kids go to college thinking they can handle a heavier course load than they actually can. Do not be that kid. Take the appropriate amount of classes for you. If you take a reliably moderate amount of class you will have more time to focus on each one opposed to taking far too many classes and struggling in each one of them. Cutting back your course load not only frees up your time for more studying but it also allows you more time to spend with friends, to relax, and to work if need me, all of which are important things to make time for. Do not waste these four years of your life with your nose permanently in a book, or your butt always in a library chair. The image is a constant balance between work and play, just be sure to find the right balance for you.
5. Examine class loads.
When registering for classes for the new semester take a defect look as to what the workload for that class will be. Is there a lot of reading? Is there a lot of writing? Is there a lot of outside work time? Is the class mainly lectures? Is the class every day or every other day? All of these questions are helpful in deciding how much time you will have to put forth to do well in the class. If you are signed up for three writing intensive classes the chances of you becoming burnt out on writing papers within the first few weeks of the semester is pretty high. Try to mix up the different class types for each semester so your workload is not too heavy in one category.
Learn time management techniques to help make better use of your time. There are countless ways to manage your time while at school. A daily planner is a good place to start. Keep track of your time; Where you plan to spend it, what classes require the most of it, etc. By keeping track of your time and classes it will help you from becoming overwhelmed. Also, having a daily planner and keeping track of your classes, deadlines, and due dates will prevent you from forgetting about any homework assignment or tests.
All of these tips will be useless if you do not learn to self-discipline yourself when it comes to your classes and the homework that comes with them. Being able to make a to-do list or write in your daily planner all of the things you have to do is pointless unless you actually sit yourself down and make time for them.