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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011

#College101: Manage your time well

Today’s guest blogger is Mike Gannon, an alumnus of Harper College who attends Illinois State University. Mike works in Harper’s Center for New Students and Orientation.

One piece of advice: Learn to manage your time.

I learned quickly the importance of this skill. College presents a constant time management struggle, and there are numerous distractions that can take time away from your studies. It’s also really easy to waste time when you could have been productive.

I suggest a schedule. Plan out your classes, study time, work schedule if you have a job, and even your time with friends. It can be tedious, but it can also be a big lifesaver. Sometimes it feels like there are a million things to do and not enough time to do them – but a schedule helps you keep at it, and you’d be surprised how much extra time you suddenly have when you begin to schedule out your days. That’s time that you can spend actually doing productive things.

As a freshman, managing my time well helped me stay on track and keep my life in order. Having a written daily schedule motivated me to complete things because I felt like I was making progress as I crossed tasks off the list. Being organized also helps you be better prepared, so you (maybe) don’t have to cram the night before a big test.

If you can successfully manage your time, your life will be less stressful … and you may even surprise yourself by getting better grades.

Every day in August, Campus Overload will feature a 300-word-or-less essay centered around one piece of #College101 advice for the Class of 2015. To participate, e-mail Jenna at

By Mike Gannon  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Categories:  College 101

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