Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Student Survival Manual 6

10 ways to more effectively utilize your time


1. Get an academic desk calendar and use it to record due dates for important things like assignments, review sessions, quizzes, exams, and your next dental appointment. Severe toothaches in the middle of the night before a difficult exam can make college survival a difficult process for even the best of students.
2. Create a weekly schedule which allows significant time for homework every day. Doing homework on a daily basis can help you pass your courses. Most experts seem to agree on this point.
3. Take a "time management " course, read a book on it, or find out how on the
Internet.
4. Buy a watch or a battery powered portable grandfather clock you keep in your pocket. Learn to set it accurately -- to one microsecond per year should be acceptable for most purposes.
5. Unplug your TV and don't watch it, except for the most important shows like Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman, of course.
6. Sell your TV and watch Oprah in the campus commons while enjoying a tasty snack you purchased out of a vending machine for ten times its actual value.
7. After you've sold your TV to the highest bidder, subscribe to a
newspaper (either printed or on-line) to keep abreast of what is happening in the world. Also, read the news and editorials before the comics, sports, and -- most importantly -- your personal horoscope reading for the day.
8. Keep your phone conversations with friends under 6 hours daily.
9. Don't forget to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours or so every night (especially before exams). Shortage of sleep can cause you to do strange and unusual things, like forget who you are, where your car is located, or what college you currently attend.
10. But it is important to try to get up from bed before noon on most weekdays.

Excerpts from Student Survival Manual - 4th EditionCopyright © 1995-2005 by Jack Pejsa

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