Over the past now almost two semesters I have found a way to improve my time management and how organized I am. It has taken months for me to achieve the routine I have now by holding myself accountable for my homework, studying, and relaxation/me time. It can be difficult to find a schedule that works for you. Everyone’s schedule is different, some people are taking 18 credits while others are taking 12. It all varies for everyone but I am going to share what has worked for me so far.
At the beginning of the first semester here what really helped me was going to the library and completing my homework. The third floor of the library was the second home! During my breaks in between my classes, I would take advantage of that time and go to the library. It is a nice quiet environment and the desks there has enough space to have all your papers out plus your laptop. One thing I learned about myself is that I could not work with a group of friends, I get easily distracted with I am in a study group.
In the first semester, I would keep myself busy with SI sessions, tutoring and marathon sessions. I wanted to see what VCU really had to offer extra help in my classes. I really found helpful in the extra sessions I attended. In a lecture environment, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what the professor is really teaching. SI sessions are a great way to review the topics that will be on the test, plus they have several different times for the sessions to accommodate everyone. These sessions really did impact my grades for the better and I recommend to everyone to at least try one these this semester if needed.
Now that we are in the second semester of college I have changed my studying and homework habits. As I said last semester I used to go to the library to do homework to concentrate but now I do my homework in my room in bed or at my desk. I try not to finish my homework in bed because it just lets me fall asleep faster while I am finishing my homework. My dorm environment is mainly quiet and I can concentrate without being disturbed.
Lastly, how I stay organized with all my homework, I have an agenda. I try my best to write down my homework daily but sometimes I forget. When I write down my homework next to it I write the day and time I am completing the homework to hold myself accountable and so I won’t get overwhelmed by the amount of work I need to complete. For the most part, this organization portion has not changed throughout the two semesters. What are some studying tips or ways you stay organized?