As a student, you have many interests other than study. When I was a college student, I was interested in sports. I used to grab every opportunity that came my way when it came to cricket and football. I was more interested in outdoor sports and naturally, I spent a considerable amount of time outdoors. Besides sports, my other interests were movies and music concerts. I would visit the theatre three to four times a month and I would occasionally hang out with my friends in music concerts. While all these gave me opportunities to socialize and “live a life” as they call it, I soon figured out that it was affecting my studies. In the process of enjoying life, I pushed my top priority at the back seat.
I then got back to studies and forced myself to focus on studies and forget about everything else. I continued like this for a month or so before realizing that it was not the best thing to do. Keeping myself away from the things I love didn’t help me become better academically. Soon after this realization, I decided to stop forcing myself to study. Instead, I set up a study plan for myself and made sure to balance my schedule in the best way possible. When you are in college or university, time is the most precious commodity you have. Make sure to manage your time and make the most out of it. Here are a few tips that can help you do this:
- Set your priorities right
This is something that you should do before you start any task. Set your goals for all aspects of your life. Prioritize your activities accordingly. As a student, you must have academics as your top priority. Your goals for studies should be such that you can work on them without having to ignore the other aspects of life.
- Do not procrastinate
One of the biggest worries for college students is the habit of procrastination. Procrastination may be a trait that you have been nurturing since school days or it could have been the result of the various forms of entertainment that you have in your college days. Most students keep their assignments until the last minute because they get themselves busy with other activities like hanging out with friends or participating in college activities. While socializing is important for overall human development, this shouldn’t become a reason for delaying the more important things. Doing things on time will help you down the long road.
- Organize everything
One of the best ways to simplify your life is to keep everything organized. There are so many tools out there that you can use to keep your studies and other things organized. Some of these tools include charts, sticky notes and calendars. Using charts can boost your visual memory. Memorizing chemistry formulas using a chemistry formula chart is a lot easier than memorizing through books or notes. I remember having learnt a lot from websites and online magazines. Websites like Neurons Write are great places to learn about new things related to science and technology. Other than using charts and websites, you can use sticky notes to keep a tab on the things you need to remember. Proper organization can really help you balance your school life.