Make this year the best year yet!
Being a student can be very busy at times, especially when you have exams, finals, practicums, and papers all assigned at the same time. How do the best students succeed? How do they find time to fit all their studies in? Read on to find out!
The first rule of success is to get organized. Many of our students at the Harris Casel Institute have developed great ways to organize their studies, whether they are studying to be nursing assistants, home health aides, or practical nurses. No matter what your program, taking an organized approach to your school year helps you to use your time more efficiently and stay focused on the most important priorities. Try these tips to get yourself organized this year.
Tip 1: Create a folder for each subject
Folder systems are a great way to keep your materials organized. You can create a paper folder for each subject, as well as folders on your hard drive, email, and browser bookmarks. Folders will help you know where to store everything, which will make it easier to find the items you need when you need them. For your electronic folders, you may even want to keep subfolders to organize your materials into categories.
Tip 2: Keep calendars, reminders, and to-do lists
As a student, you will be responsible for many deadlines, and sometimes it can be hard to remember them all. When you receive your syllabus at the beginning of a new semester, be sure to record all the important due dates on an online calendar such as Google calendars, Any.do or Sunrise. Also, keep a to do list, using an app such as Evernote, Any.do, Wunderlist, or Todoist. Be sure to keep your to-do list up-to-date and check it frequently. Set reminders for important items.
Tip 3: Preview your day each morning
Many people “hit the ground running” the minute their alarm clock goes off. They start the day in a rush and barely have time to think as they are running out the front door. Instead of starting your day in a panic, start your day 15 minutes earlier. Getting up just 15 minutes earlier will give you time to plan your day and prepare for everything that’s coming up.
Tip 4: Less multi-tasking, more focusing
There’s no doubt that people multi-task more than they used to. Some amount of multi-tasking is important for tending to all your subjects. However, too much multitasking can be inefficient. Evaluate your workflow and see where you are spending your time. You may be more productive if you focus on just one assignment at a time. In other words, take each assignment one at a time until you finish, and then move on to the next one.
Tip 5: Don't let your electronics rule your time
We all have become accustomed to being interrupted by our phones and other devices. This is okay if you have the time to check texts and update social media statuses. However, if you are pressed for time, it may be best to put away your electronic devices and ignore your pings, tweets, and notifications. Usually these are just time-drainers that distract you from your more important goals. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish if you put away your phone!
With these five tips, we hope you can organize your homework, studies, and test preparation more efficiently. Being an organized student is a great trait that you can take with you well into your career.
The Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida wants to support its students in developing good study habits. To find out more about becoming a student at Harris Casel, fill out our simple online form.