Productivity...

So you're leaving campus with your friends for the weekend... YIPEEEEEEE! But you have a pile of homework and a to-do list that's longer than any of your readings. Welcome to the college "break" or "vacation".

Now what do you do? Today, I am camping out in the lounge of my friend's dorm, and we've been studying since 3 pm. Yup, all we've done is go to class, dance a little, and study. One of the biggest problems I had freshman year was not studying before leaving on a trip. Going home for the weekend, I'd bring homework and projects, but never get any work done. As soon as you leave campus, any desire for work is absolutely gone. You can taste the freedom and lack of responsibility. One of the great parts about living in the dorms is that they create a culture of academic responsibility (if you so choose to create a study spot).

As an Arts Management major, we generally have a syllabus outlining exactly what we need to finish for class and when. For me, this is GREAT! It allows me to set up a study schedule that works for me.

Here are some general tips for staying on top of your school work:

  • Have a large monthly calendar that lists all assignments, projects, and major commitments where you can see it everyday
  • Bring a small notebook to class to write down your assignments
  • Get iProcrastinate (it's an app that helps keep track of homework)
  • Set specific times every week to work on homework
  • Find one place that allows you to study and be productive
  • WORK AHEAD! You hear it from all your teachers, but it's true. If you work ahead, you'll never miss an assignment and be able to do whatever you want at a moments notice because your work is already done!
  • Study consistently, do a little each day, and don't skip days.
  • Bring work to class. Sometimes, you get out early, and homework is a great way to fill time in between class
  • Belong to a student organization. Being on the ballroom dance team has significantly improved my study habits. Because I have practice late every night, I don't push off work with the excuse "I'll do it later"
  • Find a study buddy (it makes life enjoyable)
  • Most importantly, PICK CLASSES YOU LIKE! If you enjoy what you're studying, it doesn't become a chore.
About The Author
Devyn ManschotArts Management, 2013, Chicago IL

I'm Devyn Manschot, Arts Management Class of 2013 (graduating early! yipee!). Originally from the Chicago area, I've been involved all over campus, from the Hutton Honors college to the Ballroom Dance Club. I love to dance and have a strange affinity for accounting.