Yes! Everyone can relate to this, including me, and most people are finding sources on the internet and other study blogs on Tumblr (not that my blog is a study blog). So that is why I made this blog post for my readers(or do I even have those) to actually get a tip or two or three, even, based on my experiences on dealing with school/college life!
As a college student with a lot extra activities like reviewing my lessons, blogging, social media, novel book reading and family time, I find myself sometimes stuck in the middle of my own thought thinking about what will I do next even if I have a lot of other things to accomplish within my day. So, based on my personal experiences and lessons learned from those experiences, let me share with you some tips that I practice ever since I started to become really grade conscious (since third year high school, aha!)
1.) KEEP A PLANNER.
This may sound easy but let me tell you this… Having a planner and keeping a planner are two very different things. Because when you have it, it means you just literally have it. But when you keep it, for me, you are using it regularly and not just displaying it. So, once you learn how to keep a planner, remember to put down everything that you have to do and will going to do especially with upcoming events that you have attended and will attend to. I know that having a too pricey planner and a very cute one too is very tricky because you may not want to ruin it with your penmanship! But for the sake of your plans, events and schedule, you should put everything in it!
Also, when keeping a planner, you have to put on legends and some color coding using post-it notes and color pens. For you not to be confused when you are using it.
2.) MAKE A TO-DO LIST EVERYDAY.
In relation to number one, tip number two should also be done regularly. Having a to-do list makes you keep on track with your plans for today and it also serves as a reminder!
A reminder, of course, that lets you remember that throughout the day, you still have responsibilities and duties to fulfill. This is an effective way especially when you are a busy girl who’s always on the go!
And another thing is that a to-do list lets you remember home works and projects to be done on a specific day while putting all the deadline dates on your planner. See how both are related? Cool, right?!
3.) COMPLETE YOUR NOTES. DON’T TAKE SNAPSHOTS OF IT.
Now that we’re in the millennial era, most of us in school are now used to getting soft copies and taking photos of the professor’s writings on the board or on the professor’s PowerPoint presentation. But this habit should really be thrown in the trash and in the past! I mean, come on, only lazy people take photos of the writings on the board! Because, obviously, that will lead to the student not rewriting the notes and just read it that’s why they get confused and unorganized because they didn’t understand the writings that they took photos of. And that leads to, low grades and more lazy life.
I’m not against it actually. It’s definitely okay to take photos of the writings on the board as long as you rewrite it. I’m just pointing out that if taking photos of it affects your performance, in a bad way, then better try to speed up your handwriting while in class discussion for you to really get what the lesson is all about and just ditch taking photos of the notes. Because most students are used to taking photos of their notes and not even rewriting it and I just really want to let them know that it’s not a good study habit and it makes them more lazy.
4.) KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES.
This is for having a to-do list. Once that you have finished doing your list of to-do, mark those tasks using numbers or by encircling it based on how important it is. Or better yet, once you’ve listed down your tasks, arrange it again by how heavy the task and by how important it is—again. Either way is effective but I think the second option is better!
In that way, you will not cram later on that specific day or you will not regret that you have done something that’s not as important as the one that you haven’t finished yet. And that leads to a no cram, zero pressure day.
5.) MAKE AND ARRANGE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE.
If you already have a registration form or enrollment form with the subject’s informations, then it is time to make your own schedule!
Making and arranging your schedule is a tricky task but it surely is worth every minute you have spent on doing it because it will give you an organized table of your classes and extra activities.
But you’re fortunate enough if you have a tabulated schedule from the university— less time on making and arranging!
6.) GIVE YOURSELF A CURFEW.
I know that your parents’ are still giving you a curfew time but as a disciplined young girl, you are setting yourself your very own curfew which is way more earlier than your usual parent-approved curfew.
In that way, you are now making your parents happy and worry-free and it gives you more time to do a lot of school works after class. Also, in that way, you will not have to pull off an all-nighter doing school works that you should have done earlier that day. And following this tip gives you a healthier body clock and a healthier skin because of not having to stay up too late cramming on doing school works which are due by tomorrow.
7.) JOIN ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE CAMPUS.
Joining in organizations within the campus is a very enjoyable way to enjoy your school life! Plus, it lets you meet different co-students from different colleges and who knows, maybe they will add up as your college friends.
Another is that joining organizations in school helps you to have a guide on dealing with school life and it lets you keep updated with what’s happening at the moment in your university or school. And in an organization, most of its members share the same interests and passion that will make you feel at home in your school and it will make you feel welcome at all times.
8.) COLOR CODE YOUR NOTES.
I do this. And I bet, others do the same as well. For the love of having color pens, I do color code my notes. I have already tried highlighters, but I always end up highlighting almost all of my notes so that’s why I have decided to just buy color pens to make it look more attractive and decent.
Color coding your notes is fun especially because it helps you remember your notes while reviewing and you will not get lost on every page and you will not get confused because it is color coded and organized. And it adds beauty to your notes and that will lead you to reading your own notes anytime and it will serve as your own mini review time without you knowing. *winks*
Well I guess you’re up for a lot of more tips from me but I only gave you eight, and I really do hope that you got something at least one or two tips that you can actually apply in real life. Trust me, I do all eight tips!
As a grade conscious and an OC person (since college, lol but I’m serious though), I do these things for me to have a no cram, zero pressure school life!
And always remember that an organized school life leads to having a no cram, zero pressure school life. *winks again*