With “mid-term alley” just around the corner, lecture attendance may be starting to become a little sparse. The deadlines for midterm exams and assignments often tempt students to skip class so they can finish off papers, or quickly cram for a test. I am sure that almost all of us have been in this boat, and can relate to the pressure of being swamped with due dates. I thought I would share some advice for how I manage my time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Make a list of assignments: Grab a pen and paper, and write down everything that you have due, and when it is due. I like to put my assignments in chronological order.
Break your assignments into smaller chunks: Think about each of your assignments, and evaluate what you will have to do to finish each one. I often predict how long each chunk of the assignment will take, and I record this time as well.
Create a Weekly Schedule: First put in all of your mandatory classes, work and extra-curricular activities. Next, evaluate your extra-curricular activities. Ask yourself if they are necessary, or if you can skip one or two of them to enable you to have more study time. After this, plot in when you will work on each of section of your assignments.
Schedule in Study Breaks: Planning to sit down and study for three hours straight is unrealistic – at least for me! It is important to plan to take a break. I like to work on an assignment for an hour or so, and then take a ten minute break, and then work on a different assignment for another hour. Taking a break helps me to feel refreshed and motivated to keep going.
Stick to the Schedule: Do your best to stick to the schedule you created. Now, if one assignment takes you longer than you expected, that is okay and you can always rearrange your schedule to accommodate. However, do your best to avoid deviating from your schedule to go to the movies or party with friends.
If you have any questions about scheduling your study time, feel free to drop in to the centre – we are more than happy to help you! We also have all of our scheduling resources available on our website (https://lbstudentaffairs.ca/academic-support/learningservices/studyskills.htm).
Hopefully these tips prove to be useful for you as you approach “mid-term alley”.
Senior Peer Mentor