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One of the most important concepts to master in college is time management!  No matter if you’re a freshman or senior, you have experienced what it feels like to have responsibility for how you use your time.  Here are a few tips I follow to stay on top of assignments:

1) Prioritize by listing Lists are a college student’s best friend.  Make your list and number items on your list (Example: #1 would be what you need to get done first thing, #5 can wait).  Writing down your to-do list will also let your mind rest easy, so that you don’t have to have your monstrous to-do list hovering above your head all week long.

2) Take small breaks Think cramming in homework for 5 hours straight is the best way to get the job done?  Wrong!  Taking small break every hour will help you from homework burn-out and will let you come back to your homework or studying refreshed.  Still don’t believe in breaks?  Try stretching or grabbing coffee during study sessions.  You’ll be more alert and focused!

3) Get rid of pesky distractions Yes, I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and unfortunately, your cell phone as well.  You will get more done in a short period of time without an army of distractions tempting you!  Turn your phone on do not disturb, log out of social media, and focus!  There’s always another time for social media.

4) Have a meal or snack every 3-4 hours A few brain boosting snack examples include yogurt topped with granola, a banana dipped in peanut butter, or whole wheat crackers with low-fat string cheese.  Going too long without fueling your mind and body can wreak havoc on your study efforts because low-blood sugar can cause a slump in energy.  That being said, the more sugar does not mean more energy!  A modest 100-250 calorie snack with carbs and protein will do.  If it’s meal time, try filling 1/2 your plate with fruit and veggies, 1/4 of your plate with meat or dairy, and another 1/4 with whole grains like whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, brown rice, or quinoa.

 

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Abby

Staying Sane

by Abby on February 13, 2015

in Academics,College Life

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all:

  • Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that difficult exam coming up. Sometimes going to a coffee shop, or even just a different part of the library, can stimulate other areas of your brain and make the studying less boring and keep your mind from wondering.
  • Give yourself an incentive: Set a pre-determined amount of time that you will study for and then reward yourself at the end. This reward could be anything from a piece of chocolate to spending some time with your friends. This way, you will be able to focus on your assignment or studying and also enjoy your social life.
  • Lists: One thing that I use to stay on top of the many things that need to get done each week is a “to-do” list. I try to make a list every week, listing assignments, tests, my work schedule, meetings, and other miscellaneous things. This allows for a physical object to hold and look at, and it can be exciting to cross completed tasks off!
  • Choose your friends wisely: They say you become like the five people you spend the most time with; so choose choose carefully! Be sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage your well-being and understand your academic priorities.
  • Know your boundaries: It is important to get involved and join clubs and groups that are of interest to you, but it is also important to take care of your own needs above all else. Make sure you have a good balance of credit hours, work hours and activities, but also be sure you are getting enough rest and keeping your mind healthy. A good leader is one that knows his or her limits. A good thing to remember is: Put your whole heart into a few things instead of putting partial effort into many things.
  • Don’t sweat the small things: Remember that college is a time to have fun and it goes by fast. Keep in mind that in 20 years from now, you may not remember every vocabulary word from your midterm, but you will remember the friends you have and the memories you made.

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What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?

Would you like the honest truth? – I wish I knew how difficult finding a parking spot can be depending on what day of the week as well as the time of day.  It is really truly hard to believe how Fontbonne is primarily made up of commuter students until you really have a “commuter student” moment, such as having to circle around the parking lot trying to find a spot. Another moment would be that you are running late and need to find a spot so you call a friend to go and look for a spot ahead of you and try to flag down that spot before someone else does. Another moment would be to try and get to school so much earlier compared to the time that your classes start, just so that you have a secure spot for when your class does actually start. I realize I can sound as if I am being over-dramatic about parking at Fontbonne, because there really are days that are not that bad when it comes to parking but then days that are kind of not the best. It all depends on how you plan out your time to find a parking spot but also opportunities on where to park. We do have a commuter lot that is next to one of Washington University’s buildings where a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off right in front of the main building on campus, which is really helpful.

What information would help incoming students make most of their time here?

Time Management! What else could be more valuable for students who are coming in from high school to the new college setting. I know time management was talked about a lot in my high school days, though it was really difficult to understand unless I was really really busy. In college you really do have much more time to yourself to spend compared to when you are in practically the same building for more than 7 hours switching classes on the same area of land. In college, you have many more commitments to give your time to, such as a part-time job, family, friends, academics, studying, tutoring, sleeping, eating, relaxing, club organizations, office hours if you are a club officer, and much more. At times it feels like you cannot do anything because there are not enough hours in the day, but the more you plan out your priorities as well as your own personal commitments and what is best for you as an individual, the easier things can go through each day— because you planned your time.

What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?

When you hear that you know just about everyone on campus, it seriously is true. There are days where I may see a friend of mine at least 4 times and each time was not planned out. It is crazy though also awesome at the same time. Having a smaller student body, it feels as if everything and everyone is more close-knit and like a family, which I think is true. Unlike those large universities where it may feel like you are just a number in the system and your teachers do not know  your name,  it is not like that at Fontonne. Here, teachers really take time to invest in their students each and every day, and take time to learn your name. It is so great to have the opportunity to know that if something tragic were to come up at the last minute and I would not be able to finish a particular assignment for a class, I would be able to go and talk to my professor for help to complete the assignment or have more time to complete it without getting a lower grade. Here at Fontbonne University, relationships exist between student and teacher — relationships of understanding and personal development for the betterment of the student.

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Sarah

Final Countdown

by Sarah on December 1, 2014

in Academics

Oh my goodness, what else can be said for the final weeks of school?! Well for starters, all I know is that I have less than 5 days left in each of my classes, actually much less than that overall. Once Thanksgiving Break comes and goes, everything literally is a blur for academics to be honest.

By that time, at least for myself, more than half of my final assignments are completed, and all teachers can talk about is final exams. On the other hand, all students talk about is the fact that they have so much still left to accomplish, whether they have large research papers, English papers, projects, last minute tests, etc. College life cannot be handled when time management does not exist. That’s the truth — sure, it may seem that everything wants to occur all at once, as well as just fall through the cracks at once, but the more you have a handle on how to deal with things, the less chaotic it seems. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Director of our Kinkel Center in the Library, Dr. Pousson, to talk about how to plan out my larger assignments into smaller assignments that are easier to manage – which in the end, helped so much. In addition to having an easier time approaching my assignments, I was able to turn in those final papers well ahead of time without pulling an all-nighter.

I will admit, there are times when college comes across as so much easier or better than high school, but there are also times when I almost wish I could go back to high school. Though luckily I have more moments of college being better than high school. In college, you have much more freedom to make use or not make use of your time and talents. You can join several clubs that are more appealing to your interests or create a group that has not yet appealed to your interests. With clubs then there is having a social life that really you are the one who is in charge of it along with academic life. Though when it comes to classes, you are in class much less compared to high school, and that is where the self-discipline comes into play much more and the willingness to spend more personal time on academics compared to forced time like in high school. The choice is up to the student.

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My summer classes

by Alumni Posts July 1, 2013

How is your 2013 summer? For me, this summer is a season for learning and doing. During this summer, I have classes plus volunteering at a hospital. Actually, this is my first time to take summer classes. Before taking summer classes, I had heard about summer classes were easier than regular classes. Unfortunately, it is not […]

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Stuck!

by Lizzie March 11, 2013

I am mentally stuck between my own personal goals and my family’s goals. To be more specific, I meant I don’t know how to solve my problem between going to school and planning to become an art teacher or taking over my mom’s nail salon. For the past five years, I’ve been helping my mom […]

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So far, so good

by Deanna February 6, 2013

This semester has been a bit of an adjustment for me. For the first time in my four semesters here at Fontbonne, I do not have classes all five days of the week! I managed to get my schedule so that I only had classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I like it a lot so […]

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Two words: TIME. MANAGEMENT.

by Alumni Posts September 28, 2011

In high school, I didn’t really need to have good time management because I didn’t have a lot to worry about. I could have time for clubs, sports, classes, friends, have time to go to Friday night football games, and still get good grades in all my classes. Coming into college, I never realized how […]

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