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Advice about Organizing for College Study

written by: Mark-James McDougall•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 6/8/2010

Getting organized prior to attending college can sometimes be a daunting task if you do not have proper organizational skills. By following the advice in this article, you should learn how to get organized for college study in a quick and efficient manner.

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    In college and beyond, organization is a necessary skill to possess in order to manage your time effectively. For newly admitted college students, this skill can sometimes be difficult to use effectively. This article will go over some tips and strategies that can help you in organizing for college study, and will provide examples on how to use these strategies to their maximum potential.

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    Keep an agenda

    In college, there are many things that will keep you busy, such as sports, essay deadlines, extracurricular activities, and other activities that you may participate in. In order to best keep track of all your important dates and deadlines, keeping an agenda or calendar is a must. In your agenda, mark down all important dates and deadlines, and make sure to refer to it frequently in order to keep up to date with your schedule. By keeping an agenda, you will be able to plan your time out more effectively, which leads us to our next topic.

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    Manage your time effectively

    Now that you have an agenda with all of your important dates marked down, it is now time to learn how to organize your time. Look at when all of your exams and assignments are, and try to set aside some time to study and work on any projects. By allotting yourself some time to study and work on assignments, you can finish them ahead of time, and avoid having to cram all night long. Don't forget to also set aside some free time in which you can relax and enjoy yourself at your leisure. These periods of leisure will help you avoid suffering from burnout, and will make you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.

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    Avoid the common pitfalls

    Sometimes the freedom involved with attending college can be an overload for some students, causing them to miss class or stay out too late. Try to take your newfound freedom in stride, and work towards achieving a balance between work and play. Cram study sessions are not a very good way to learn, so it is essential to avoid cramming. This can be accomplished with proper time management (agenda) and with a healthy dose of responsibility. Of course, having fun with friends is one of the most rewarding aspects of college and it is important to have healthy relationships. Using your agenda, you should be able to figure out what dates are ideal ones for having fun (such as after an exam, or during a quiet week of school), so try to plan your leisure time around those dates.

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    It is clear to see that organizing for college study can be a daunting but necessary task. The more organized you are, the easier it will be for you to complete your college goals in the least stressful manner possible.