Time Management & Organization Tips

The real secret to getting school work done in a home environment is time management. It doesn’t matter if the work in question is high school or middle school homework, reading, an essay, or an online college class, being organized and managing your time well will allow you to finish it on time and in a way that you can be proud of.

Make a Schedule

One of the most important things students can do when trying to get organized is to make a schedule. Being able to look at social events, homework assignments, tests, and other obligations will help students see when they have to buckle down and work on school related things and when they can relax. Making a schedule and knowing when work is due makes it harder to miss deadlines, which makes it easier to be a better student.

Work Ahead of the Class

It is easy to fall behind in class when you have other courses to study for, or other social commitments. One way to prevent falling behind is to work ahead. Just doing a little bit of wok before it is due can help ease the entire work load of the class. If it’s daily exercises, starting a writing assignment early, or reading ahead in your textbook, anything you do ahead of schedule helps keep you from falling behind.

Don’t Get Behind on Readings

It is easy to fall behind on class readings, but students should try to avoid this at all costs. Not reading assigned material can really impede your ability to follow along in class. Not completing the reading leaves you unable to contribute to class discussions, which may be part of your grade, or unable to answer questions asked by your teacher. More tips on college reading can be found here, at Dartmouth College's website.

Take Thorough Notes

Trying to locate answers to study questions can take time and detract from homework time. This time can be cut down if you have complete and well organized notes. Well organized note makes it easier to find specific answers to homework questions, and makes it easier to study. More information and advice about taking notes can be found here, at Dartmouth College's website.

Make Time For School

School may not be as fun as hanging out with friends or watching television, but it is important. Many parents consider going to school to be a student’s job, and just as adults might have to stay late or bring their work home occasionally, so to must students. Students must make time to do homework so that they can succeed in their scholastic career.

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