College Adjustment, Transitioning & Time Management October 20, 2010<br />
Changes to Expect in the First Year of College<br />Increased personal freedom.<br />Increased responsibility.<br />Different surrounding and relationships at college.<br />Changing relationships with family and friends from home. <br />Significant academic differences compared to high school. <br />
Areas of Differences BetweenHigh School and College<br />Rules<br />Teachers/Professors<br />Classes<br />Tests<br />Grades<br />Environments<br />Life Styles<br />
Tips for Successful Adjustment to College Life<br />1. Stay positive.<br />2. Go to class.<br />3. Get involved. <br />4. Party smart. <br />6 Eat well and sleep well. <br />7. Manage your time wisely. <br />8. Manage your stress. <br />9. Communicate productively. <br />10. Maintain healthy relationships. <br />11. Utilize campus resources. <br />12. Stay focus on academic success. <br />
College Roommate Etiquette Tips<br /><ul><li>Clean up after yourself.
Communicate with your roommate in a positive manner.
May do a “roommate contract”. </li></li></ul><li>Transitioning to College Level Time Management<br />What are the differences between time management in high school and in college?<br />No parents / daily reminders.<br />No daily contact with professors. <br />Your time is more of your own / not as structured.<br />Grades in college are based on fewer tests/papers.<br />Much more time is required for studying and test preparation. <br />
Where does time go? <br />http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/TMInteractive.html<br />
How to prioritize? <br />Categorize all activities based on apparent urgency and ultimate importance:<br />1. Important and Urgent <br />2. Important and Not Urgent<br />3. Urgent but Not Important <br />4. Not Important and Not Urgent. <br /> *Do more of category 2 activities help reduce stress and improve time management. (from Steven Covey) <br />
Planning Your Use of Time<br />Long-term schedule: semester/term calendar <br />Fixed commitments (tests, papers, class time, work hours)<br />Intermediate schedule: weekly schedule<br />List major events and how long each activity will take.<br />Include study and non-study activities.<br />Prioritize the tasks to be done.<br />Short-term schedule: daily to do list<br />Identify what needs to be accomplished for the day,<br />Including study, classes, meals, exercise, social time, etc.<br />
Time Management Strategies<br />Use daylight hours – more productive and efficient.<br />Schedule specific study time for each class - plan for 2 hours of outside study for every 1 hour of class.<br />Establish a routine study habit – be specific about the time and place to study each day. <br />Utilize small chunk of time and stay focused on task at hand! <br />Exercise – help with mental alertness and stress management.<br />Establish a consistent sleep schedule. <br />Establish good short-term and long-term goals. <br />Effectively confront your procrastination. <br />Think positively about your ability to have good time management. <br />Learn to say “No” to various non-priority demands on your time.<br />