TCU Daily Skiff Orientation Issue 2004
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Time management skills allow for the best parts of college to be longer, not just work

By Matt Looloian
Skiff Staff


Lance Kearns is a busy young man.

In any given week, the freshman history major will attend 15 hours of class, go to meetings for Hyperfrogs, BYX (a Christian fraternity), the Chancellor’s Leadership Program, TCU Ambassadors and Hall Council, participate intramural sporting events and find time to spend with his friends and girlfriend.

“College is one big time management game,” Kearns said.

His situation is not uncommon for a student looking to get involved in the 180 plus clubs and organizations at TCU. So how important is time management?

Time management is essential for success in school and after graduation, according to Susan Harris, the study skills facilitator at the Center for Academic Services.

“College students today are busier and have more opportunities than ever before,” Harris said. “More can be accomplished in a day with order.”

Harris said most students struggle with time management to different degrees. She added that for most students, time management is a learned skill.

TCU has several resources for those seeking help with time management. The Center for Academic Services offers a Planning for Academic Success workshop at the beginning of each semester. It also employs a study skills facilitator to aid students with time management and other study skills.

The TCU Counseling Center also provides assistance to students looking to improve their organization and time planning strategies. There, a student can find handouts on the subjects of study skills, time scheduling and procrastination.

Additionally, Connections, a free program offered by the Leadership Center for freshman and transfer students, teaches different approaches to time management and other skills necessary for success at TCU.

For students struggling with time management, Harris suggests:
• Prioritizing your activities
• Utilizing a planner
• Taking advantage of professors’ assistance
• Knowing your learning style

As Harris pointed out, there are more opportunities for college students today than ever before. Students should not shy away from getting involved simply for a fear of time management. Kearns agrees.

“If you just go to class, you’re missing out on opportunities,” Kearns said. “Don’t get over-involved, but pick one or two things you like and stick with them.”
Time management tips given to new members of Greek organizations by the Panhellenic Director of Scholarship:

1. Plan a schedule of balanced activities. It should be flexible, but it should also let you know your time commitments each week.

2. Utilize odd hours of the day. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish!

3. Schedule leisure time the same way you do work time.

4. Trade time; don’t steal it. If unexpected events arise that take the time you had planned to study, adjust your schedule to make up the difference.

5. If possible, develop a consistency in where and when you study. This will save you time. Less to think about, also.

6. Make good use of peak times. Study your hardest subjects when you feel the most energetic.

7. Never put off to the last minute assignments you have known about for weeks.

8. Keep a big calendar and label events, deadlines and other important dates. Organize, Organize, Organize!!

9. Each night, prepare a list of things to do for the next day.

10. On test days, arrive early so you can be organized and ready.
 
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