Using Time Effectively
To begin making more productive use of your time, you need to
know not only how you have been spending it, but also how you want to use your
time more effectively.
Everyone procrastinates, but listening to the messages you
give yourself can help to keep procrastination to a minimum.
Whatever the reason, identify what you think and feel about the task. It
may not make it easier, but you may be able to minimize your procrastination.
Participating in Class
By becoming actively involved in class, you stay focused, and
you take better notes on the important aspects of the discussion.
You also have a greater chance of remembering material enlivened by class
discussion, especially if you actively participated .
Setting Goals for Studying
Whether you are settling in for a long study session for a
major exam or just squeezing in a short period to review for a quiz, you should
have a specific goal for your study session.
Before you begin working, determine what you want to accomplish and how long
you plan on studying to reach your goal.
The first thing you need to know about motivation is that it comes from
within—no one else can give it to you.
Someone may temporarily inspire you, but on a daily basis you must reach
inward and find the will to motivate yourself.
Your college experience will make hundreds of unique, life-challenging
opportunities available to you, but no one will force you to take advantage of
Your attitude is critical.
Become an Active Participant
Active participation means engaging in a dialog with yourself
or others to decide what your basic thoughts are and to analyze how you came to
By thinking about and sorting out available information, you will be able to
begin the process of problem solving, which is an important part of thinking
Advantage of Campus Resources
Using campus resources can make the transition to college
life easier for both recent high school graduates and adults returning to the
First, identify people, offices, and departments that offer support.
Then determine their various locations, hours, and services offered.