Here are some of my organization tips that helped me stay on top of things while in college. By the way, I went back to school at 52 and graduated in May 12th with a B.A., Communication degree.
Tip #1: When the semester starts - write down your schedule in your daily planner. Keep this planner in your backpack and make it your best friend.
Tip #2: When you attend each of your classes and you receive your syllabus (contract between you and the professor) put the syllabus in the pocket of your class notes notebook. By the way - you need a different color notebook for each of your classes.
Tip #3: At the end of the day pull out your syllabus for each class attended and read through the assignment/reading requirements/test schedules for each class. Pull out your daily/monthly planner and write this information into your planner by date.
Tip #4: At the end of every day --- read and organize your class notes! This is so important for it is repetition and keeps the information fresh in your mind. Also, it will be easier than you think to pass that first test when the time comes for you will only have to read over your notes a couple of times to review VS. CRAMMING AT THE LAST MINUTE.
Tip No. 5: READ, REVIEW AND SUCCEED! Also, it is very important the first day of each class --- to get email addresses and contact numbers from some of your classmates. Why?
Tip No. 6: Because if you have "holes" in you notes then you will have a backup to get the information if you don't want to contact the professor directly. And, in case you have to miss a class --- once again your "friends" in class (pick someone who is always in class) will help you out. BUT, REMEMBER THAT YOU NEED TO BE RETURN THE FAVOR WHEN ASKED!
Tip No. 7: NEVER WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET STARTED ON THAT PAPER! Set your goals for the week ---
Tip No. 8: Start researching each day --- use the library search engines for articles and print them out. Accumulate and review NOW. This will keep you ahead of the game and your college experience will be filled with low stress and high marks. TRUST ME!
Tip No. 8: READ YOUR NOTES DAILY!
Tip No. 9: DURING CLASS KEEP YOUR PLANNER OUT AND ADD ASSIGNMENTS AS NEEDED.
Tip No. 10: WORK AHEAD OF THE SCHEDULE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE PREPARED. BUILD RELALTIONSHIPS AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.
I am not yelling by using caps. I am just reiterating the importance of time managment skills that only build good study habits.
I wish you success in your college experience. I know you can do it and I hope these tips help. They got me through and I came out with a 3.5 GPA after not being in college for over 10 years. Good Luck!!
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Prioritize. What are you doing instead of studying/doing work? See if you can cut back on that. Or, if you know that you don't have classes Thursday AM, make sure you reward yourself. "If I study Monday & Tuesday & Wed afternoon, then I can go out and do whatever Wed night b/c I don't have to wake up early." Reward yourself when you accomplish things.
For me, flash cards always work, and studying in groups sometimes too.
If you're struggling with the information, see the professor and have him force you to do extra stuff so you study.
In my college days, I set some time to revise my subjects on a daily basis than to cramp them up to study before exams. In fact, doing a daily practise helped to remember all works more easily than study all in a short period.
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