Monday, March 8, 2010

Midterms, and Papers, and Projects, Oh My!

Although college can be fun, it is also a lot of work. Midterms are no exception. What makes midterms difficult is that professors schedule tests, quizzes, papers, and projects all around the same 2 weeks, so you have tons of work to do in very little time.

It may sound corny or lame, but time management is definitely one of the most (if not the most) important skills required for a successful college career. At college, you don't have your parents looking over your shoulder, reminding you that you have work to do, or pestering you to go to bed early. Your schedule is also a lot less structured at college; there's no such thing as "school from 8am-3pm." (wooh!) This allows you to "do your own thing," which can be a blessing, but also a curse. Just like school work, procrastination/distractions are a part of college life, and you have to learn how to deal with them. However you do it, find your own ways to manage your time, that work for you.

Making lists/schedules works really well for me, so I use the Stickies program on my Apple (I can't call it a Mac on this blog lol) to keep track of due dates and activities (I think my Apple came with Stickies installed?). If you have a PC and you want to try out a similar program, try downloading it at:

http://download.cnet.com/Stickies/3000-2074_4-10330903.html or http://download.cnet.com/Post-it-Software-Notes-Lite-Classic/3000-2351_4-10508740.html
(this one's a little outdated... more recent Post-it versions cost money. Booh!)

My desktop covered in Stickies!

Anyway, the good news about midterms is that the reward for your efforts is a week off from school! It also means I get to enjoy some real spring temps in New York City in a week!

Happy Monday everybody, hope you had a good weekend.
-Danny