Are you experiencing difficulty getting your work done? Do you see fellow students who are involved in multiple activities and find yourself wondering how they do it and succeed in their classes? College can be an overwhelming experience, especially as a first-year student. To make this experience more manageable and fulfilling, it is important to spend time clearly defining your educational goals and developing a plan to achieve these goals. Follow the tips on this page to learn how to make long-term plans and develop a time management plan for each semester.
In order to be successful, you first need to know what is expected of you, both for completion of your degree and in each class. This begins with understanding all the requirements to successfully complete your degree. A solid long-term plan will help you fulfill all the LSA requirements with classes that you find most interesting. Knowing what is expected of you in each class is addressed below in the Making the Most of Your Time section.What classes do you need to take?
The first step to success is understanding the overall expectations for completing your degree. This starts with knowing all the requirements for completing your LSA degree including your concentration, your minor if you choose one, and the LSA Degree Requirements.
Your LSA Degree Requirements
Your Concentration Requirements
Your Minor Requirements
Take control of your education
Focus first on your concentration
How do I decide what else to take?
FULFILLING LSA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
CLASSES FOR YOUR MINOR
ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SOMETHING NEW AND INTERESTING
How Can I Fit Study Abroad Into My Schedule?For example, one semester there were four sections of History 328, Humanities Topics in History:Section 1, Scotland Since 1603: History and Culture
Many students feel that the requirements for their concentration and the degree requirements make it too difficult to fit a semester abroad into their plan. This is not true. Any student with any concentration can complete a study abroad program and easily graduate on time. Some concentrations might require a bit more planning than others but with planning it can be done.
Each semester, you will spend a lot of time in class and studying so you owe it to yourself to make the most efficient use of your time. After selecting your classes, the next step is to develop a plan for how you are going manage your time to perform to the best of your ability in each class. The more efficiently you plan and use your time, the easier it will be for you achieve the success for which you strive. The tips that follow will help create a plan for managing your time. With your plan in place, you will then want to turn to the other pages on this website to learn strategies for the time you spend in class and studying.
Knowing what is expected of you in your classes
Developing your schedule for the semesterNow that you have your classes and have a firm understanding of the expectations, you can plan your schedule. Planning a schedule is individualistic. Each person will develop their own strategies for planning their time to efficiently complete all of their work. You can start with a weekly schedule for the entire semester, with the knowledge that you will adjust your schedule week to week. There are, however, some basic guidelines for developing a plan.
UNDERSTANDING THE DEMANDS ON YOUR TIME
MAKING YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEMESTER
AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY WEEK FILL IN THE DETAILS
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