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TR students learn to manage time

Amanda Boyd/The Collegian
Amanda Boyd/The Collegian

By Brooke Landreth/ reporter

Amanda Boyd/The Collegian
Amanda Boyd/The Collegian

TR students received tips regarding time management to improve their organization skills and help them become more successful in their academic career March 29.

“The main thing is to equip the students with the knowledge and information that they can take back with them and apply toward their life,” academic advisor Patavia Whaley said.

This time management workshop was designed to help students learn to use their time wisely and expand their knowledge about how to prioritize school and other obligations.

TR student Dia Silva attended the time management workshop at the suggestion of her academic advisor.

“I hope to be more organized and be on top of my assignments and to not procrastinate as much,” she said.

College students have less structure, no real supervision and many demands on their time. Whaley provided students with seven tips to help them manage their time: Get organized, set SMART goals, recognize that obstacles exist, learn when to say no, take advantage of waiting time, use personal time and celebrate success.

The five SMART goals include specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.

“A SMART goal would be stating that you will make an A in your English class this semester,” she said.

These tips can be used when college students establish what their most important priorities are at that time depending on their job status and how many hours they’re taking. When college students study for exams, do their homework and have a job at the same time, it can sometimes be difficult to juggle, Whaley said.

“Take advantage of waiting time,” she said. “Find 35 to 45 minutes in your day where you could study, whether that is at the doctor’s office or during your lunch break.”

To get organized, students have many resources available such as planners, computers, and smartphones, Whaley said.

“I utilize my calendar on my smartphone because it’s a lot easier for me to remember what I have to do because I receive updates and notifications,” she said.

Silva was pleased with the time management session.

“A good thing I got out of the workshop was to plan out my week and to utilize my planner more to measure out my classes so that way I’m able to study for all four of my classes,” she said.

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