Tips for college
"TOO MUCH STUDY AND NOT ENOUGH TIME"
When you consider the whole area of time management with regard to college,
generalisations must be avoided.
There are just so many variations of college life. Indeed numerous
factors come into play. You might have 11 hours of lectures every
week or you might have 40, when you take all lectures, periods in the laboratory
and tutorials into consideration.
After that, how much time does it take to travel to and from college?
Do you work part-time? Do you have family commitments? Are
you heavily involved in the clubs and societies at college?
Then of course, after all of this comes the social side meeting friends
for a coffee or a drink and so on. Finally, you also have to fit
in term essays, projects and required reading for your course. There
is hardly time left to rest!
The "you- can-do-it" mentality would be very easy to advocate here.
However, everyone operates in different ways and it is important that you
prioritise and manage your time accordingly and to your own specialised
plan. It is all about weighing the academic and social sides of college
against your commitments outside of college to create a healthy and successful
A few helpful tips for studying with regard to exams:
Check out the academic calendar for the year, i.e. when exams are scheduled
or essays (this information is generally handed out to all students in
the first two weeks, however, if it does not come into your possession
then do not be afraid to request it from your various lecturers).
This will help you map out your year as regards when you will
be under pressure with work and when you will be able to relax.
Attend all lectures and tutorials (goes without saying).
Keep a comprehensive set of notes which entails that you attend a majority
of your lectures (if you miss a lecture or a tutorial, make sure that you
get the notes for it even though nothing beats your own but something
is better than nothing.) This will ultimately set you
up well when it comes to studying for exams but make sure you back your
notes up with supplementary reading or study of a particular subject.
Quality of study is far more important than quantity of study. Be
sure to find a suitable study area as this can affect the quality of study.
As regards library facilities, they vary in different institutions.
However, one thing you can be sure of is once exam times approach you will
discover that the library facilities are not as fantastic as you thought.
In fact, you will find it difficult to get a space to study in or even
find certain books that are vital for your exams. A hint is to simply
try and continuously tip away at your study throughout the year without
overtaxing yourself and you will find that you are not as stressed out
about the library come exam time.