Pictured is a plannerDo you ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day? Sure, you’re given 24 hours, but then you have to spend some time cooking, eating, and sleeping. Maybe you spend many of your daylight hours at MCC in Milwaukee. Maybe you have a full-time job and take night classes. When are you expected to study? Fortunately, there are things you can do to manage your time in a productive way.

Create A Schedule

Usually, you will receive a list of projects and exams in the early days of each new class. Put all of these important dates on a large wall calendar that lets you see the entire year as a whole. Keep the calendar up where you are likely to see it everyday. Once you have the big picture in front of you, it might seem a bit daunting. That is why the next step is about breaking big rocks into small rocks. Within the timeline of one big assignment, create smaller goals and deadlines for yourself. For example, if you have a paper due in one month, give yourself a week to complete your research and outline. The following week, make it your goal to complete the first draft, and so on. Adding these dates to the calendar will hold you accountable for your own use of time.

Prioritize Assignments

On any given day, you might have a ton of work to do, but you’re not quite sure where to start. The best thing you can do is assign priority to each one. Grab a piece of paper and write down what you currently have on queue. Number each task in order of priority where 1 is most important, then get to work crossing them off your list. You will feel more in control with a clear plan in place.

Choose A Study Space

If you normally study on the couch in front of a TV or at a busy coffee shop, it’s no wonder you are having trouble focusing. Create a quiet, distraction-free space that you use solely for studying. If you choose a spot in your room, think about hanging your favorite pictures on the wall or a motivating quote within your line of sight. Maybe add a vase of sweet-smelling flowers to your desk. Make it a place you want to be.

Join A Study Group

Meeting up with friends or classmates is a great way to fit in some study time. Not only does it force you to study at a specific time, but now you have another support system to hold you to it. In general, discussing topics with others helps to solidify the information in your head. Another bonus is that your peers can help you sort out any confusing material. Perhaps they can explain it in such a way that it will finally make sense.
Once you start following these simple tips, your studying will become more effective and efficient.  Switching up your routine is not always easy, but you’ll be glad you did.

Hope you enjoyed this segment of our school success blog! Want to read more? Check out “Study Habit that Work for YOU“!