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Reflecting back on my first semester as a college student, I realized that it was easier than I thought it was going to be. Do not get me wrong, college is way more difficult than high school, but the way I used my time made things easier for me to not feel guilty about spending time for myself.

Obviously I am not an expert when it comes to being a full-time college student. I am still learning the ropes and am only in my second year, but I would like to share with you some tips I learned that really helped me use my time efficiently.

I scheduled my day as a work day from 9am to 5pm. My earliest class was on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays my earliest class was at 11am. Every morning I set my alarm for 7am and did my morning routine. I had 3 classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while I had 2 classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The time in between classes was used for all things school. I did homework, I studied, I emailed or met with professors, and read over notes. Using all of that extra time to get stuff done, I was normally done with all of my schoolwork for the day by dinnertime. Then I had the evenings free to study if I needed some more time, to hang out with friends, go to club meetings, and have time to myself. Having that extra time in the evenings really helped my stress level to go down by getting to relax and unwind in the evenings. Plus, it helped me get used to an average work day time span for after I graduate!

I created a morning routine and a nightly routine for school nights. I always woke up at the same time and went to bed at the same time. It set my body into routine and it made it easier to get up in the mornings because my body got used to waking up at the same time.

I read over notes before class. Before each class, I made sure I got to my seat at least 10 minutes early so I could read over the previous day’s notes. This really helped me because reviewing my notes each day helped me to remember them later on for tests so studying was more like a review!

I made sure I had no homework on Saturdays and Sundays. Even if you schedule your day from 9 to 5, you can still end up with homework to do in the evenings. That’s just college life. But you don’t have to have school work on the weekends. Gasp! Did I really just say that? Well it’s true. If I had homework on a Friday that was due the coming Monday, I made sure I got everything done Friday night so Saturday and Sunday were days that I could rest and have fun. Besides the occasional exam on a Monday, I didn’t study or do any assigned homework on Sunday nights like most students do. It was really nice because I got to FaceTime my parents every Sunday night instead.

I hope that at least one of these tips helps you when it comes to scheduling your time to better fit what you need. If you have any other tips and would like to share, comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts!

M.A.

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