If you have already spent any time in college, you should know that it is very much different from high school. It is especially noticeable in everything that concerns your workload. While in school, it was possible to complete all your assignments and easily find time for a variety of additional activities, in college the issue of time management becomes crucial. Unless you learn to use your time efficiently and set proper priorities, you will simply not be able to finish everything your professors throw your way. Here are 6 tried and true ways of saving time and completing all your tasks before the deadline. Let’s roll!
Hire Someone to Write Non-Essential Essays
“But if I hire an expert to write my essay, would it not defeat the purpose of writing it in the first place? After all, I will not learn anything that way!” If this is what you are thinking right now, you have a valid point. However, we are not talking about delegating crucial tasks that are relevant for your future career. Every course has a number of non-essential writing assignments that have no bearing on the kind of work you are going to do after college and, in fact, do nothing but take up your time. You can safely ask somebody to complete them for you without endangering your education in general.
Go to All the Classes
It may sound counter-intuitive, but in fact, it is one of the best timesaving hacks. When you miss class, you are always going to spend more time learning what you were supposed to learn in it, and you’ll never get as deep an understanding of the material. After all, instead of listening to the professor with many years of teaching experience and participating in classwork, you will have to use somebody’s notes, which are often incomplete, illegible, and just plain wrong.
Get Enough Sleep
Another counter-intuitive tip that will save you a lot of time if you stick to it. Studying well into small hours every day may seem like being assiduous, but longer studying hours do not always equal more efficient learning. When you do not get enough sleep, your brain gets sluggish, you spend more time getting the material into your head, and it does not tend to stay there for long. You can learn twice as much in an hour when you are fresh and well rested than in four hours during the night when all you can think about is your pillow.
Make a Plan
If you do not have to submit an assignment tomorrow, it does not mean you have to put it off until the day before you have to hand it in. Always strive to spread out your work equally across all the time you have, without any days being noticeably more or less busy. This will prevent you from both getting less efficient due to tiredness and getting off track after prolonged periods of inactivity.
Find Your Optimal Studying Hours
All people have different bio-chronological rhythms. They not only determine when you are inclined to get up and go to sleep but also when you work most efficiently. Some find themselves at their best in the morning, others are most capable of learning new things in the evening or even at nighttime. Experiment, spend time studying in different periods of the day, and try to find the time when you are most alert and learn new information with the greatest ease. Once you do, stick to it – it will help you spend less time on the same amount of work.
Do not Take Long Holidays
Most students find it completely natural to spend their entire holiday periods loafing and dealing with personal stuff. After all, you are supposed to have some time to unwind after long periods of arduous study, right? Wrong. Spending a little time studying every day is much more manageable and effective than lumping it into prolonged study sessions. Moreover, after you spend 10 days off your studies, it is going to be excruciatingly difficult to get back to them.
As you can see, there are no magical ways of finding time for everything you have to do in college – it is all up to you and your ability to manage yourself and your activities.