WYZANT WANTS TO KNOW: What are your tips to stay motivated through finals and the end of the school year?
I'd have to say that one of my motivational tips is maintaining two calendars,
Make a countdown calendar that only includes the days between today and the absolute last deadline you have, whether it's a final exam or the last day a final paper is due; whatever's latest.
Tell yourself that you only have to be strong and focused for these last few days.
Everyday cross one day off of the calendar, knowing that you only have to keep pushing through
x more days and you're allowed to give out/pass out/what have you on the other side of that last day.
Make (or buy) a 24 hour calendar schedule for each of those days. This is the calendar you work with everyday. Now, the thought to have everyday. Write it down. Read it to yourself at the start of each day:
"Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think...
Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long.
So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered good time management skills. I have summarized 3 Time Management tips that I have condensed from a number of different
resources. Hopefully, these will help you finish more tasks and get you closer to accomplishing your goals.
1) Create a Prioritized To-Do List
At the beginning of every day, take 15 minutes to consciously decide how you want to spend your time. This is also called making a plan for your day. Write down everything you need to do that day. This list should include steps needed to complete a S.M.A.R.T.
goal, tasks or project items for work or school,...
When we talk about time management we are inevitably thinking externally. There is this thing called time, which hangs out in the corner of your eye, always present yet elusive. Strategies for time management are thus often externally focused:
Use software like
Leechblock, an add-on to Firefox. This software blocks access to social media and other websites that tempt us to waste time, so that you can work without distraction on the computer.
Keep a Master To Do List. I use
Draft, a simple text editor for Android, but you could also do a legal pad or a dry erase board. Write on it anything that you’re concerned about forgetting.
Turn off notifications on your email or phone. Then, block out an hour or so a day specifically devoted to correspondence and catching up. This saves you time wasted on interruptions.
But what about the internal? What about when you decide to open up Internet Explorer instead, bypassing the well-meaning inflexibility of...
I talk to a lot of people who struggle to bring sanity to their schedules. Time management is one of those areas in life where we can become very ingrained in our patterns of thought and behavior, like King Arthur's thoughts at the very end of
The Once and Future King. He sits in his war pavilion, having lost two battles, his round table, and the people closest to him. Struggling to make sense of his life and the ways that he has failed to create a just kingdom, Arthur's "exhausted brain slipped
into its accustomed circles: the withered paths, like those of the donkey in the treadmill, round which he had plodded many thousand times in vain."
Figuring out how to be productive in your work, while also managing to grab breakfast, read the news, do your yoga, and spend time with your friends may not be as earth-shattering as the old king's noble ambitions--but persistently feeling behind, haunted by
the idea that you "should" be able to do more,...
Time is a very important tool to learning academic information efficiently. If you have been working with a tutor then you should be aware of the time that you spend in tutoring assistance. Most students and parents believe that the longer they are tutored;
the more successful they will be in executing the output of information. Set your tutoring goals in advance and submit them to your tutor via the Wyzant email address. List the goals that you would like to accomplish in each session for up to two weeks at
a time. Even if you and your tutor do not accomplish all the goals you set, you will still be proactive in your learning experience!
Hello all, I found this article from Fox news very helpful. We might relate to it differently but at the end of the day, we may all agree that multitasking might not be as effective as it feels! Hope you enjoy it!
12 Reasons To Stop Multitasking
"We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today's society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful.
But chances are, you're not doing yourself (or your boss, or your friends and family) any favors by multitasking your way through the day.Research shows that it's not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. Here are
12 reasons why you should stop everything you're doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life.
You're not really multitasking
What you call multitasking is really task-switching,...
Your schedule is congested: walll-to-wall study, activities, community service. You're lucky to have time for food and sleep.
And you have to be ready for class the next day. But how?
There are many things you can replace if lost or stolen: smartphones, laptops, tablets, to name a few. You cannot, however, replace lost time. Whether an hour, a day, or a year--lost time never returns to you.
So you have to know what's crucial for the coming day.
Have you got a class assignment? Make sure it's done and accessible.
A field trip? Be sure to have good walking clothes, a snack, and money for lunch.
Are you tired? Get at least six hours's sleep, if possible.
In short, determine your priorities, and drop those extracurricular activities which merely promote busy-ness. You're a student, not a robot. Keep that in mind.
My household of 2 two people is always buzzing- my fiancé and
I both work and attend a university. We have to drive to various places, do
daily chores and always be on time. There needs to be room for studying, maintaining
a social life, and last but definitely not least, maintain healthy life-styles.
To keep ourselves out of the way of junk food, clutter and
less than desirable grades, we do as much as we can- whenever and wherever we
can. We take our lap-tops and homework to our North Dallas Laundromat (it has
blazingly fast Wi-Fi): instead of watching the laundry go around, we set the
goal to read 5 pages before we throw the next set of quarters into the dryer.
This semester I am taking a very reading-intensive linguistics class, so I try
to read 3 pages before I go to work, one page during a quick break, at least 2
before I dig into my dinner and son on and so forth.
My fiancé and I make an active effort...
Finding a way to give yourself adequate time to study can be daunting, especially for those who are working, or have children.
Below are four important concepts to keep in mind:
1. The amount of time is not as important as the quality of time:
Figure out your individual learning style, and use that. Spending hours reading will not be as effective as fifteen minutes listening to audio lessons if you are a audio-learner, or reading if you can’t pay attention to lectures. Personally, I know my mind
wanders during lectures, so I learn better doing my own reading or reading out loud. I’ve also found that most people learn much more when they handwrite notes, rather than typing, it makes you have to go slower and process the information.
2. It’s okay to multi-task:
I don’t suggest this for younger students, as the ability to multi task comes with age, but it’s useful for older students.
Fit it studying where you can, the following are some...
Hello fellow tutors and students! This is my first blog post, but I do feel that it is an appropriate one. If you are the type of person that loves to get involved in every single thing, but still love to get good grades, don't fret. I'm one of those people,
too, and even though it can get mind-boggingly stressful sometimes, it all pays off in the end. I'm here to give you a few tips on how to make it without dropping any activities.
1. Schedule Your Day
I cannot stress this one enough. The night before, schedule out time blocks for everything. Even if it's not specific (algebra here, philosophy here), make a slot for homework time. For example, on Monday, I have class from 9:30 to
12:20, then I eat lunch until 1, then go to my Student Government office hour. From 2:30 until 6:00, I have homework. At 6, I go to dinner. From 7 to 9 I either have free time to go to my club meetings or work on more school work. 9:00 is musical, and...
As summer comes to an end, we see the crazed effects that the back to school season brings with it, a chaotic maelstrom of bodies flying about through the campus bookstore, the enduring lines of disgruntled faces waiting to be served by the cashier, a
babe crying while the mother withstands the impatient glances around her. If you are anything like me, you would cringe at the thought of having to waste precious time engaging in such a tediously wretched task. And in today's world, who has the time for such
things? With such a strong emphasis in our society placed on productivity and efficiency, it is unfavorable to squander that which we have so little of.
So what is the solution to this problem? It comes down to these two factors, time management and technology. Anticipating back to school preparations, weeks ahead, will save you stress and time. Give yourself a cushion to fallback on just in case any unforeseen
predicaments take place. Schedule a time in your day...
Are you worried about yourself or your child not having enough time to prepare getting back into the school routine? Instead of getting worked up over it, set aside the little time you have each day to do something simple like getting organized, making
sure you have everything you need, stop at the store for a few last minute things. Simple things like going to bed earlier, throwing in a quick load of laundry, or mentally picking out an outfit can make getting back to school that much easier and less stressful.
Make every minute count, and most importantly, be prepared!
My number one advice to everyone is to never focus on obstacles; but instead, always keep your goals in sight.
As someone who spent most of her life in grad school or as a professor, the top excuse for not going back to school is time limitations. But that's just an excuse. You no doubt know people who have managed to accomplish what seems to be a million things
at once. How in the heck do they do this in a 24-hour day?
There are a number of ways to combat the issue with time:
Set a strict schedule that will help you become a better manager of this precious resource. A schedule does not limit you; it frees you to do the things that are the most important. Set a timer for 45 minutes, so you can focus on your work; then set another
for 15 minutes, to take a break and get up.
Prioritize your schoolwork.
Become great at switching between tasks (this secret works very well if you have ADD/ADHD). If you have a few minutes, use it to study...
One of the challenges that women in particular face is the challenge of balancing family life and school work. I've totally been there and done that. When my son was just three months old, I returned to school for my nursing pre-requisites. It wasn't
easy, but I did it. After a few short months, I was enrolled in an accelerated BS to MSN program with a deployed spouse and no family nearby. Although it was terribly difficult, it was a learning experience, and I survived. If I can do it, anyone can do
it. Please allow me to share a few tips with you if you are like I was, trying to be a supermom and super student.
1. Your daily planner is your life. Seriously, if you do not have a daily planner, then you need to get on the bandwagon and buy one. I recommend and use a Vera Bradley student agenda. It has both the monthly views as well as a two page layout for
weekly views. You write everything in that...
In response to Wyzant's question, "How should students prepare to go back to school if they only have a few minutes to spare each day," I say focus on time management. How are you going to keep track of assignments? How are you going to remember your homework?
When are you going to study for tests? How are you going to keep on top of long term projects without procrastinating?
If you don't have a calendar or daily planner, get one. You need to put all your assignments for all your classes in one place. Not needing to look in six different places to find out what you need to do for homework each night will save you a great deal
of time. All homework assignments should be in the same place.
The same is true for homework sheets and papers; they should be in the same place. You should have a folder or a front pocket of a 3-ring binder that is dedicated only to homework papers. If you use a folder, you can use one side for worksheets still...
Just because you feel that you have a concept or subject well in hand does not mean that you can pass a test on it with flying colors. This is especially true in math and in tests where a broad level of subject matter is covered. And, there is one simple
Students are taught content and more content, but are not often taught to practice that content quickly. Over years of test taking and teaching subjects where the goal is to pass a test, I always have my students get a timer. A simple kitchen timer does
the trick, and you can find them all over the place if you take a look.
I never start any student off with a timer because I don't think being timed while still learning a subject helps anything. (And, in fact, I think it hinders learning to be hassled by a clock when you don't have a subject mastered.) Once the student shows
that they understand some portion of the subject, however, I bring in that timer. I ask them to practice what...
"Inch by inch its a cinch!" The thirty minute work out. All it takes is a little time each day (every day) in a given activity and you will see major progress. In music, math, exercise anything! With my students, I require them to keep a time journal
to record how they spend their time each day. Then we work with a planner, to schedule time each day for the activities we choose to participate in. It may mean less time on the phone, or on facebook but great improvements in our grades, sports performance
and physical health.
Many of the students I tutor want help with general study skills as well as specific subject matter. Now that many students are heading into a new semester, perhaps it's time to review some basic tips for how to improve your grades this semester.
1) Manage your time. A good way to do this is by downloading a time management app, or keeping track of how you spend your time manually. Allotting time for each task you need to complete will help you achieve your academic goals.
2) Make a to-do list. At the beginning of the day, make a list of the things you want to achieve. You'll feel accomplished by marking off completed tasks, and at the end of the day any uncompleted tasks move over to the next day's list.
3) Form study groups or get a study buddy. Bouncing your ideas off others helps you think through problems and come up with solutions. Plus, being in a group will motivate you to keep on task.
4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. Teachers and professors usually have...
In order for students to go back to school with little time to spare each day, they have to get organized and also make a list of priorities.
Organization is key to time management. The student is to create an agenda for the day with time specifics. Wake up time, breakfast/lunch time, traveling time, work time, even rest time. At work the student can make arrangements
so as to still be productive for the company with an altered schedule if possible.
Here is where the list of priorities comes handy. In order to achieve some sacrifices have to be made. The student may need to wake up one hour earlier to tend to the morning routine and be at work earlier. This time will be
needed later in the day. Commuting should be lighter as well before the crunch of rush hour thus saving those precious minutes that will be added to the returning to school endeavor.
Stay possitive and optimistic. See the end result and...
In order to avoid last-minute rushes in the morning at the beginning of a busy school day, consider prepping as much as possible the evening before. Pack all the materials you'll need into your backpack, pack your lunch and put it in the refrigerator so
you can grab it and go, even decide what you'll wear the next day. You'll find your mornings will go much more smoothy with a little bit of pre-planning, and you're less likely to forget important things at the last minute.