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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Salisbury chapter.


Summer has ended and about every college student is dreading the return to school! The long summer nights of drinking, staying up late and binge watching shows on Netflix have ended. Now, we have to return to 10+ hours of schoolwork; however, it does not have to always be that way.

Many students stress over the numerous assignments their professors have distributed to them, but there are ways to manage all of your tasks. It’s called planning, and every college student needs to do it. Not all planning has to be incredibly in-depth. There are some people out there who are completely disorganized, but if you want to have a successful and stress-free school year, try some of the following tips. 

1. Buy a Planner.

Having a planner can help you remember when assignments are due and what you have to work on. When you complete an assignment, instead of crossing it off, put a check mark beside it you know what previous assignments you can use as a study resource when it’s time for the exam.

If you are the type of person that likes to stay on your phone a lot, try downloading phone apps that help with planning and set notification alerts.

2. Stay Ahead of Deadlines

Do not be afraid to look over that important piece of paper your professor passed out to you on the first day of classes (called a syllabus) more than once. Get ahead of your classes and complete your assignments before they are due to decrease stress. This will also give you more time to practice and review for your exams.

Getting ahead can also save time for in-class assignments as well. You won’t have to struggle beforehand and you already know what is expected.

3. Join an Organization

Now I know what you are thinking, “this adds more on to my plate.” Think of joining an organization as a way to break away from your studies and partake in some of your interests. Student organizations can also help build leadership skills and offer the opportunity to meet new people and show off some skills that you have learned in class.

4. Add Workout Time to Your Schedule

Find a time that fits best in your schedule and exercise away! According to Points Sports Health, exercising can help increase your awareness and help with the ability to concentration. Not only will you help exercise your mind, but your body will also get in better shape as well.

5. Take a Nap

Sure, it may sound childish, but research has shown that taking a quick nap can help with retaining more facts once you wake up and begin to start your work again. According to Online Courses, studies have shown that napping can increase stamina by 11 percent.

6. Ask For Help

Last but not least, do not be afraid to ask for help. Just because you ask for some assistance does not mean you are hopeless. Do not be afraid to ask questions in class; you never know, someone else may have the same question that you do. Not asking for help will not only cause stress, but it may hurt your grade as well.

Do your best to not get stressed out immediately this semester. Plan accordingly, be ahead, take naps and enjoy some fresh air throughout the semester as you strive for success. 


Stephanie Chisley is an outgoing go-getter. Originally, Stephanie is from Oxon Hill, MD. She is currently a student at Salisbury University where she is studying Communication Arts with a track in journalism and public relations and a minor in Theater. While attending Salisbury University, Stephanie currently holds an executive board position as the secretary for Salisbury's Society of Professional Journalists . Stephanie plans on becoming an anchor for E! News or a writer, radio host, and announcer for BuzzFeed. In her free time, Stephanie is always on her phone scanning through social media, communicating with her friends, and finding new places to eat near her area.