When a new semester starts the first thing that I do is to make sure I plan the semester. This takes not much time, but can make a huge difference. By planning and managing your time you will be more productive throughout the semester and you will likely never miss an assignment. Today I am sharing how to organize the semester in 1 hour to accomplish all your goals and be productive.
Gather all Syllabuses
Start by gathering all the syllabuses. Think of the syllabus as the instructions and directions for the semester. It’s important to read all the syllabus, but for organizing the semester pay close attention to dates and assignments. Mark with a highlight all the important dates and make sure you don’t skip any!
Make a Semester Assignment Spreadsheet
After Gathering all the important dates, I record them in a Assignment Spreadsheet. You can make your spreadsheet anyway that works for you. I usually just make a table on Excel and print it out. Usually the table will have 4 columns: due date, assignment, class, grade and notes. Making this table will help me stay on track not only of my assignments and tests, but also my progress in class. I organize the assignments by class and dates and once the assignment is completed I highlight it.
Make a Study Schedule
If you are just writing down the important dates then you are using the syllabus wrong and you need to read: The Right Way to Use a Syllabus and Succeed in College. Here is why. Yes, is important knowing all the due and test dates, but just knowing this won’t help you succeed. You need to make a plan. What I mean by plan is that you need to organize the way that you will be spending your time based on the exam, essays and presentation dates.
Make a schedule with your classes and daily activities, this way you will know what time you actually have to study. Make a study plan based on your needs and classes. Here is a short 3 minutes video explaining how to make a good schedule. This video has help me since last year to organize my time better based on the S.M.A.R.T theory.
Add dates into your Calendar
Lastly, but definitely not least, make sure that you add everything to your calendar. By doing this you will have a clear visual of the way you are distributing your time. You will also see the free time that you have to make new plans.
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