Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Managing Your Time in College

In college you will find that you have to manage a lot of responsibilities. From classes to study groups, you may feel as if there is never enough time in the day to do everything you need to do. If you recently graduated high school, you are used to spending the majority of your day in class, so going from seven hour school days to a couple of classes that only take up a few hours of the day can leave you with a lot of free time. Unlike high school where most of the work is done while you are in class, in college most of your work is done outside of class. Therefore, your free time isn’t necessarily free, and it’s important that you learn how to manage it.

You can learn how to manage your time by thinking about how you use it in the first place. To get a good picture of how you spend the day, take a few days to record what you do. Keep track by using a weekly schedule containing the hours of each day, and begin taking notes. Spend a few hours watching TV, working out, or running errands after class? Write it down. After a few days of this you should be able to get a realistic picture of what you devote your life to. You may realize that the reason you are struggling to get your school work done is because you are starting to spend a little too much time surfing the Internet and not enough reading your textbooks.

You can learn how to manage your time by organizing your time. Spend some time at the beginning of the week thinking about how you can utilize your time during it. Create a balance in your schedule. There are 168 hours in one week, and ideally you should spend an equal amount of time on academics, personal and social activities, and, of course, sleep. While some weeks will require that you spend more time studying for exams than others, having a regular balance between your school life and personal life will help you to not get burned out. Make a list of all the things, both academic and personal, that you need to accomplish by the end of the week. Then find the times that you are not in class each day that you can work on them. Time management is all about making a plan and sticking to it, and having a set plan for each day will help you to feel more motivated to complete everything you have scheduled.

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