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SLS 0005/1103: Strategies for Success in College, Career and Life: Organizing

Students can increase their academic success by exploring the topics in this guide. Please explore what looks interesting to you.

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Time Management

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Time Management by Scott Demsey (3-4 min. long)

Shows you how to use a paper calendar system well.

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Time Management for Those Who Do not Have Any (55 min. long)

Where Does Time Go?

It may seem like there aren't enough hours in the week to get everything done. That may be true or it may be that you are not using your time as efficiently as possible. To assess where your time goes, complete the inventory below. Be as honest with yourself as possible. Some of the items are done every day and will be automatically multiplied by seven to show your weekly total. All "Number of Days" can be adjusted depending on how often you do each activity. After you have responded to all the questions, you'll have the opportunity to see how many hours remain during the week for studying.

Time Schedule Strategies

Being successful at the university level will requires a careful and effective utilization of time. Students are typically scheduled for 15 or more hours of classroom work per week. Additionally, they are expected to average two to three hours of preparation for each hour in the classroom. This means that at least a 45-hour workweek is involved in being a full-time student. On top of that, many students have part-time jobs, family, and social responsibilities.

The job of being a university student can be carried out efficiently or inefficiently. The way we use our time (or waste it) is largely a matter of habit patterns. One of the best techniques for developing more efficient habits for the use of time is to prepare a time schedule. Studies have shown that people who have a well-designed schedule achieve a greater amount of success than those who don’t.

The most successful system for most students is to combine long and short-range planning. Doing so, a student can make a general schedule for an entire semester and then create a more specific plan for several days at a time.

Apps for Organizing

Online Storage and Organizing Tools with Apps for Your Tablet or Phone

Dropbox

Go to this site and scroll down the page to discover what it offers you. You can do a lot with a free account

Dropbox Tour - guick tour

Below is a video tutorial by a professional trainer. It is about 5 minutes long.

Evernote

Go to this site and scroll down the page to discover what it offers you. You can do a lot with a free account

Below is a video tutorial by a professional trainer. It is about 40 minutes long.

Google Drive

If you have a Gmail account you have Google Drive.  On your drive you can create and edit Word documents, and Excel and Powerpoint files, as well as other types of files.  Every file created or added to are downloadable.  Plus you can upload and edit files you have created on your computer.  The account is free.

Below is a video tutorial. It is about 17 minutes long.

Organize to Maximize

Organizing Your Space

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