College students everywhere are all actively trying to figure out how to make this semester their best yet, despite us being in uncharted waters academically due to both professors and students trying to find their own individual style and method that works best for them on an online format, with the additional pressures of a global pandemic, and the many other issues going on right now. Here are three important tips on how to increase your productivity this semester:
1. MAKE A SCHEDULE
Since classes have been switched to either an online or hybrid format, more responsibility is being put on the students to make sure that they are following along with the schedule of their class (whether it’s asynchronous or synchronous) and making sure all assignments are being turned in both on time and done to the best of their ability, and that could be difficult when you have more than one class on your plate. It is important to make sure that you make a schedule where you designate enough time for each class, based on what you read in your syllabi, and to ensure that you do all assignments/quizzes/tests on time.
Please make sure that you get enough sleep! This is probably the most recycled but necessary tip that you will hear anyone tell college students. It may seem extremely hard if you have 5 classes, multiple clubs, and many other things going on in your life, as the typical college student does, but it is important that you try to get enough sleep for a variety of different reasons, the most important being: your sleep can impact your mood, GPA, mental health, etc. If you want to learn more about how much sleep you should get and why, click here.
Self-care is also a very important step, something I cannot stress enough. DO NOT constantly overwhelm yourself with school work and overlook yourself and your mental health. It is important to make sure that you make time for yourself by doing something that helps you de-stress and step back from your workload whether it be watching an episode of your favorite tv show, reading a book, listening to a podcast, taking a nap, taking a break from social media, etc. Making sure you take care of yourself in turn ensures that you will be more mentally focused and prepared for anything you need to tackle in the future. Click here to look through Her Campus’s self-care tag to look at the many ways to treat yourself.
There are so many other tips and ways to increase your productivity in school such as staying organized through a variety of different methods such as the myHomework app or using a planner, using different studying methods, and more. It is important to figure out what works best for you in order for you to not only survive online classes, but master it. I hope that this article urges you to put yourself on the right path! Good luck!