Unfortunately most students don’t learn until college that
studying the night before is not studying in advance. It is crucial that
students practice organizational skills and follow an intensive planner
starting as early as middle school. The planners help students prepare for and
anticipate their upcoming tests, quizzes and assignments and a completed
schedule will show the students the reality of time and the necessity of time
management. Well-constructed planners also help to bring down a student’s
anxiety level once everything is on paper and not floating around in their
heads causing confusion.
1. Brain dump
Before you write-down and organize
a to-do list, pull out a piece of paper and just start writing everything you
need to accomplish. Don’t worry about organizing the tasks just get everything
on the paper.
2. Invest in the last planner you will ever
Once you have everything written
down you must invest in a planner and the planner I recommend goes above and
beyond the duties of a normal planner. The planner I recommend can be found on
Amazon and is called Tools4Wisdom Planner. This planner incorporates monthly
planning, goal setting, steps to achieving your goals and much more. Once you
have the planner start by picking out the big dates and incorporating them into
3. Set reasonable goals
every week and prioritize
After filling in your calendar and the big picture of your
schedule you can begin looking at your to-do list and choosing which ones to
make a priorities and goals for the week.
4. Write down action steps
for accomplishing goals
For each goal write down exactly what steps you will take in
order to accomplish that goal in your allotted time frame. This will go in the
completion steps box in the lower left hand corner of the page in the picture
5. Now get to work
Now that you know what you have to do and the time frame you
have to do it in, it’s time to get to work. Start with the highest priority on
your to-do list or with the first step towards the completion of your goal or
desired outcome for the week.
About RACHELLE W.
FrogTutoring Tutor Based in Atlanta, GA
I am a fourth year Biochemistry and Computer Science major at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and my goal after I complete my undergraduate degree is to go on to graduate school and obtain my Ph.D. and work as a professor and researcher in bioinformatics. I work in an electrochemical laboratory at Georgia Tech and I love the work I do. I really enjoy working with people and I relish a challenge. I am good at communicating with people and I strive to build a rapport with the students I work with and I become very invested in my students, ensuring that their success and goals are always top priority.