Tips on Time Management for College Students!

Do you manage your time well?

Elizabeth Potter, our 2010 Scholarship Fund finalist, has a very crazy schedule. Elizabeth is a junior science/pre-med student at Xavier University (Go Muskies!) and a very responsible young adult. With a 3.8 GPA, Elizabeth also works part time at the Xavier IMG_4034library and is responsible for paying her own bills, which includes things for her car, clothing, going out, and her entire tuition.

Elizabeth has said that:

“As a science/pre-med student, I have a very rigorous schedule, and I always have a large amount of homework and studying. Without the AMF scholarship, I would probably have to work full time, which would severely cut into my studying time and it would be very hard to keep up my academics. Sometimes when I am feeling overstressed, I think about the AMF and I am again inspired to do my best.”

When I first started at Xavier, I underestimated how much work I would have. Hanging out with friends and joining some clubs on campus was really important to me, but I wasn’t sure how to balance that and studying. Here are some great tips I found from Kelci Lynn Lucier on how to manage your time well and keep everything in order:

  1. Get — and use — a calendar. It can be a paper calendar. It can be your cell phone.
  2. Allow for flexibility.  You may have forgotten that there is a Xavier basketball game and you want to see Dee Davis and Semaj Christon rule the court. Leave room in your calendar so that you can move things around a little when needed.
  3. Plan ahead. Don’t let a school project due date sneak up on you. If you think you’ll time_management_101 need six weeks for the entire project, work backward from the due date and schedule the time into your calendar before it’s too late.

With such a busy schedule, Elizabeth does a really good job managing her time. Some of her tips for fellow college students are:

  1. Sacrifice: Know that sometimes you have to give up a TV show to get some work done.
  2. Know your limits: Adapt to having to focus and do good work while you are tired. But know that this does have a limit and you do have to sleep at some point.
  3. Allow yourself “You” time: This can be a great refresher, help you organize your thoughts, and recharge for the workload.

With the Foundation’s help, you have an opportunity to enter college less stressed and with a better understanding of how to manage your time. Make sure to apply today for the Scholarship Fund!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

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