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Time Management — Beginning Tips For Students

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When considering where and how to spend your time as a student, you have to look at the type of tasks you are involved in on a daily basis. We would designate these as passive or active tasks. Our objective is to increase your knowledge, study time and GPA. In doing so, you want to optimize your time and make sure you are spending your time wisely, and is doing so, you want to make sure you are pursuing active tasks. Time management is key to student success.

A color coded system can help you initially see how you are spending your time. Consider the the level of productivity of a given task ,a red task would be a less productive task, whereas green would be a task aimed toward achieving academic success. A yellow task is one that you may want to keep, and could be refined into a green task.

So what’s an active task? Studying for a test, reading material, doing research, and making notes could be some examples. Passive tasks, well, I think you know about those.

At the end of the day or week, you would evaluate your productivity and see how you could have done things differently. This is not to say, you should have a planner full of active tasks, you will have down time and this is important to live a balanced life. Initially though, when you are considering how you are spending your time, color coding your tasks and evaluating the nature of your task will be helpful in understanding what adjustments need to be made to make the most of your time!

One last note, if you don’t want to use your planner you can always use a journal instead. You can journal your activities in bulleted form throughout the day and estimate the time you spent on each activity. Then at the end of the day, use a highlighter to go through the same process.

3 ways to get in a routine the new school year!

Wow! August has almost arrived.The lazy and carefree days of summer are coming to a close and we need to transition ourselves back into the school routine.

Two key aspects to student success are getting enough sleep and keeping to a consistent schedule. Students thrive on routines because these give them a sense of structure,purpose, and predictability.

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Here are some ways to get started:

Slowly move bedtimes and wakeup times back to what they should be during the school year. You can do this gradually over one or two weeks. If meal times or other regular routines have changed over the summer vacation, reset those as well.

Block out the school schedule (holidays, test days, etc.) on a calendar. For parents, a family calendar in a prominent place helps everyone see what’s going on at a glance, including after school activities and childcare. College students should map out their class schedule for the next semester and also block out times for studying, meal, exercise, and other essentials, as this 8-hour college day planner recommends.

Figure out where you’re going. One of the biggest stressors at the start of school is if you’re going to a new building or your classes are in different locations than last year. College students should look at a campus map and plot out how they’re going to get from one place to the next, based on their schedule. Other students/parents should know the route to school, where the classrooms are, and how long it takes to get there.

For students that are attending a new school or transitioning to middle school or high school, this can be a nervous time. It’s very helpful to go to the school and walk around and have the student look for his classes, the restrooms, and lockers. Another suggestion could be for an older sibling or family friend to take the student around the campus. It’s always great to have to have your own personal tour guide!

Speaking of transitions, I remember my first day of high school. I went on a tour of the high school the last week of my eighth grade year and then I went on the campus in late summer when I received my schedule. It was comforting for me to make a plan for my first day. I drew a map, and just kept it in my pocket, and planned on meeting my friend at a specific place for lunch. The first day wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I think that with our students, when we give them opportunities to plan independently and explore on their own, we allow them to ease their own anxiety by making plans as I did.

How does stress affect the brain? Taming test anxiety.

A recent poll found that 80% of students grades 1-12 experience anxiety and stress while taking a test.

Alden Academic Services provide specific research based strategies for the student to use in the upcoming testing season. In using these methods, the student can reduce anxiety and feel assured before, during, and after the test.

Academic growth comes from integrating successes and learning from mistakes.

We have been able gather information about the expectations for this year from our teachers, assignments, and tests. Let’s use this knowledge to our advantage working through our third nine-week period.

Be willing to grow from your successes and learn from your mistakes!

We’re here to support and guide you through this process. Give us a call at (540) 206-5954.

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