Assessing What Needs to Change
Making Time for School
I hope you took some time to review last week's Finish Strong resources with your accountability partners. Be sure to keep the schedule you created together up in your study space as a daily reminder.
This week in Finish Strong, we are going to focus on your current environment, behavior, and daily routine.
How do you think you are doing so far? Are there any concerns you can clearly see in these areas? Not really sure if there are trouble spots?
Below, you'll find some great resources and informational tips that can help you adjust your current routine to a one that will support your needs. With motivation, confidence, and a positive attitude, you can jump-start your plan and stay on pace to reaching your goal.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your Student Success Advisor on how these tips can work best for you!
You will work your best when your school space is free of distractions. These include phones, video games, television, and high-traffic areas. The quieter and media-free the space is, the more concentrated you'll be on your school work.
A Library is a great space to study at if you do not have an area in your home that works well for you. Most libraries have private study rooms that you may be able to sign out and work in. Plus, there's an advantage of working from their computers if yours is getting repaired!
It's good to have one area of your home dedicated to your personal study space. You don't necessarily have to work in this spot everyday, but it will be the place you can keep your textbooks, notepads, and practice worksheets in.
Thinking positive while doing schoolwork will increase your chances on staying focused longer, and putting forth your best work.
Not being in the best mood, will reflect in your schoolwork. It may not allow you to focus on the content, understand a particular topic, or keep you on time.
Exercise and your Mood
Taking a brisk walk, going for a bike ride, or walking the dog during your break times will increase your mental focus and jump-start your energy to keep you working.
Determine Start and End Times
Setting a basic time range for when you will do work, will help you adjust and create plans for the hours in between. In addition, we encourage you to share this daily plan with friends, family, and other friends so they can hold you accountable to your plan!
There are multiple ways you can organize your priorities, but the most common at Keystone is by goal due date. Each task should be completed in sequential order according to your course. Then, set dates/times next to those task to finish by your one year due date.
Manage Time by Using Timers
The Pomodoro Technique, is a great getting-started trick to help with time management. Set the timer for 25 minutes, then use this time to work on your courses. When the timer goes off, set it for 5 minutes, then use this time for a break. Keep repeating this patter throughout the day.