By Bianca Chan
- Make a daily to-do list
If you’re like me, there is little that compares to crossing something off that to-do list that seems to be growing longer by the week. By making a daily list, you’ll prioritize what needs to get done first and won’t get overwhelmed during the busy and stressful times of the semester.
- Know what your semester looks like
Plan out your entire semester by penciling in your major assignments. This way, you’ll get the big picture of what the upcoming months will look like and can better fit in your social and extra-curricular activities.
- Make a master list of all your major assignments and their due dates
The best way to manage your time is to be aware of all your major assignments, essays and tests. You don’t want to wake up the morning of and realize you have that eight page essay due at 5 p.m. Put this list up somewhere in your room where you can walk by it everyday to keep these things at the front of your mind (and not under that pile of papers on your desk!).
- Check cuLearn often
Sometimes professors can change due dates of assignments or post important information on cuLearn. Make sure you’re up to date on all your class material.
- Be flexible – and realistic
Although students are expected to spend 35 hours a week on academic commitments, we all know that can be hard to achieve and may be unrealistic if you have a part-time job and picked up that weekly volunteer shift. Try breaking up those hours over the week so you can fit in social commitments as well.
- Avoid procrastination
However, if you’re like me and are the queen of procrastination, try to find productive things that you know you will need to do at some point, like folding your laundry or preparing your lunch for the next day.
- Find time to exercise your body, not just your brain
Like sleep, exercising can help clear your mind, keep you focused during your study sessions, and burn off some of that pent up energy you may have from sitting at a desk all day.
- Make time for sleep
We’ve all been there, pressed for time and trying to get all those assignments done before they’re due the next morning. Well don’t – sleep is extremely important for your memory and maintaining your focus. Most students need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
- Keep your work with you
That way, if you have extra time on the bus or in between classes, you can get to those readings or review your notes before class or a test.
- Reward yourself
After all that studying, make sure to make time for yourself, whether that’s playing your favourite video game or unwinding on the couch with your favourite TV series and popcorn on hand.