Myths about Time Management in College

on May 18, 2017

Leaving home and going to college comes with more freedom: You live on your own, no one is in charge of your schedule and you’re free to do what you like whenever you want. This freedom, however, can be overwhelming because it comes with new responsibilities.

 

Here are a few myths about time management in college:

 

You Don’t Need a Schedule

 

Although you’re in charge of your entire life in college, without parental supervision, you still need to have a schedule. It will help you stay organized and on track. Having a regular time each day to study or complete homework will keep you on pace with your classes. Leaving homework or studying until the last minute will result in poor grades.

 

It’s OK to Skip Class

 

Class attendance policies are largely at the discretion of professors. Even if a class does not have required attendance, you still should go. Learning is interactive, and the repetition helps. Many test questions come from lectures and professors often drop hints about what will be featured on exams during class. If you must miss a class, be sure to get notes from a classmate.

 

You’ll Have Endless Free Time

 

Although your schedule is largely up to you, your week will fill up quickly. Classes and studying will occupy your weekdays and if you work, that will take up much of your spare time. Clubs and activities also will eat up your time, so be mindful of what you need to do, not just what you want to do.

 

You Don’t Have to Join a Study Group

 

Study groups are one of the best ways to get a heap of classwork or study guides done. Breaking up large assignments into small parts means you’ll have more time on your hands to study for other subjects. It’s also a good way to make friends and avoid procrastination.

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