So, after one week of classes it should be dawning on you that there are a lot of things to remember - exams, papers, projects, homework - for four or five or six classes. And unlike high school, where you got daily reminders from teachers (and parents), now it's on you to keep track of it all. You may find yourself asking “How do I prioritize when every class/assignment is a priority?!”
The other big change that requires you to step-up your organization game is that the pace of a semester is completely different than marking periods. This change may not be obvious now, but often rears its head around mid-terms. Think about it: a semester is 15 week long, so in a class whose grade is primarily based on one midterm and one final, you may not know how you’re doing until you’ve been in class for 7 weeks – almost half the class! If you fall behind, you risk not catching up!
This is a good time to consider how you organize your time and efforts. We here at the SASfroshblog will endorse pretty much any organizational system that doesn't involve making notes on gum wrappers or grocery receipts - BUT everyone needs a system. In other words, we want to encourage you to find a way to get organized that you can work...not necessarily the one that works for your roommate, or the planner that you bought because it had puppies on the cover. We’re talking about life management techniques that you can sustain and adhere to for more than a few weeks. Here are some suggestions of useful tools:
Works well for: those who like a broad overview, and who have wall space to accommodate three months of pages (and a tolerant roommate)
Again, we don't care HOW you organize yourself, but find something that works for you - and START NOW!
Some web resources:
Ru-tv segement on Time Management
10 Steps to Organization at College