What Does Organization Have to Do with Your Studies?
No matter how intelligent you are, if you do not manage yourself well, you may not get the results you are capable of. Doing well in school or college isn’t just about the actual learning and studying. Managing your time, energy, and space is vital for your success.
Managing Your Time
Have you ever come out of a test and felt you could have done so much better if you only had more time to study beforehand? The uncomfortable truth is that you probably did have enough time, but you did not use that time well. Being organized with your time and schedule can help you do better in assignments and tests.
What does being organized and managing your time better look like? It means you stay on top of when your assignments are due, when your tests are scheduled, and how much time you are going to need to work on them and prepare. Being organized means that you break each big task into smaller ones and plan when you are going to get them all done. You get a planner or diary or calendar to help you keep track. While you might get away with doing last-minute homework and test prep, you can achieve even greater success when you give yourself enough time. One final key to managing your time is learning when to say no. You are going to have to say no to some exciting events and activities when you make completing your academic responsibilities a priority.
Managing Your Energy
We all have a limited amount of time each day—24 hours. Similarly, we also have a limited amount of energy. You don’t have the same level of energy at the end of the day that you had in the morning. Because of this, you need to choose which activities you take part in and choose wisely how you spend your time. Get to know yourself and what drains or energizes you. Know if you study better in the morning, or if you are more of a night owl. If you are spending hours working on your homework and not getting anywhere, you may need a different approach. Getting help when you are stuck is important.
Managing Your Space
Your space can be your room, your desk, your notebooks, and your files. Getting organized is important to help you focus without too many distractions. Make sure that you have a clean and quiet place to work. If your room is always a mess and your desk if always cluttered, this could be impacting how well you are doing. Get rid of paper you no longer need and put away files and books you are not currently using. Get organized with your study space.
To summarize, here is what you should do to be organized so that you can prepare better for tests:
- Know when your tests are scheduled
- Break your study material into smaller chunks
- Plan when you are going to get through each item in your list
- Use a calendar and planner
- Prioritize your study time
- Don’t wait till the last minute to get started
- Get help when you are stuck
- Know where and when you study best
- Maintain a neat and distraction-free study space
Now you know how to get organized. This is going to improve your test preparation significantly. You are going to be more peaceful and confident. Your stress and anxiety levels are also going to reduce. Being organized is an important life skill. Asking for help when you are stuck is also a good thing.