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Time management is the key to academic success for students because without these skills the productivity might be limited and procrastination increased. At some point in student life, everyone will acknowledge this universal truth and recognize that time can sometimes turn into an enemy rather than a friend. A good example of such turning point is the exams. Generally, they require sufficient preparation and focus due to the amount of information that needs to be learned. In this case, time management is a critically important skill, which can help you score a good grade and accomplish lots of other tasks at the same time.
The main task before the exams is to prepare yourself. Naturally, preparation must be taken seriously because the success of the exam depends on its effectiveness; this rule is common in many professions, including athletes, singers, and scientists.
Have you heard about an athlete who delivered a great performance without the proper preparation?
Thus, student like any other professional must possess the efficient time management skills, especially before the exams.
Have a look at the following methods of time management, which have been considered as the best by many students.
1. Set up the priorities
The main purpose of any time management strategy is to spend time wisely and in a manner that allows
achieving all goals. For example, a basketball star has to practice the physical readiness and ball handling skills for several hours a day to demonstrate a correspondent performance level at the game. Similarly, students should have a clear understanding of the outcome of the practice and the requirements of the exams.
Therefore, for each exam, it is necessary to accomplish all given tasks over a certain period of time, which allows identifying the priorities in the studying.
2. Create a schedule
To complete the preparation, a defined schedule is needed. Feel free to use anything that could be
appropriate, whether it is a calendar on your smartphone or a pin-up planner. Having created a schedule for the preparation, make sure to dedicate a decent time for socializing (at least an hour per day) and adequate sleep (between 7 to 8 hours). Do not forget to mark all fixed commitments, study time, and non study time activities.
3. Prevent procrastination and distraction
Take some time to think about the things that keep you motivated and focused on the studies. Also, make sure to speculate over the things that distract you the most. This approach will help to identify your personal distractions and motivators because what works for one person might not work for another. For example, studying in public places can be helpful and increase motivation for some, but this environment can stimulate procrastination and limit the productivity.
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of your strategy
Do not forget to review and reassess your time management strategy on a constant basis to see if it works for you. In many cases, this evaluation can identify the areas that should be changed to make the strategy as effective as it can be.
These simple and yet powerful methods will help you to prepare for the exams by providing a great time management strategy. In addition to assessing the ability to focus on the studying tasks, they can devote a sufficient amount of time to socializing and resting.
Therefore, they provide a perfect balance between studying and social life, which also could be useful in professional life after college or university.
The last thing that should always be remembered in time management: reward yourself for accomplishing the tasks, because it gives you an extra motivation and enjoyment.