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Strategies and tools used to manage your work and time

In college (particularly compared to high school settings) the ability to manage one’s time becomes much more important. You are more likely to have out-of-class assignments and projects with potentially competing timelines, not to mention things like work, home/family life, etc.

Organization is critical to balancing all these things. Something as simple as using a calendar or planner can help you see when an assignment is coming up, and if that might compete with a big exam in another class or a busy time at work.

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Eleanor Roosevelt

How can I improve my Organization?

Strategies to Use

  • Either on your phone or in a paper format, use a calendar to track your classes, work shifts, and other events. 

  • Make sure to block out dedicated time to study, especially when big assignments, projects, or exams are coming up.

  • Set aside a time early each week (e.g., Sunday evening or Monday morning) to look at what’s ahead. This will help you prepare for particularly busy times or shift things around as needed.

  • Make a to-do list each week and cross off items as they get done.

Resources at NCCU

    • Academic Success Coaching supports students by connecting them to college resources that help to support the journey to degree completion.

    • Academic Advising aims to empower students, parents, and the community by fostering autonomy and facilitating academic and professional goal-setting. Use this resource if you need help with academic planning, career exploration, or choosing majors. 

    • Supplemental Instruction creates opportunities for students to work collaboratively with their classmates to solve problems, compare notes, discuss readings, develop academic skills, and prepare for tests and exams.

    • Tutoring services can provide assistance within specific academic subjects.

    • The First-Year Seminar (UNIV 1100) is designed specifically to help students transition into NCCU.

Online Resources

All of the apps below are free for both iOS and Android and can help you organize your schedule and assignments

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