(Balancing Work and School)
Sharon T. Elam
Balancing Work and School
Developing time management skills is a journey that may begin with me and how I maintain my time, but needs practice and other guidance along the way. I’m always doing things at the last minute; I have no set schedule to follow. My daily routine is getting to work by 7:30 a.m. My class is always in the cafeteria eating breakfast, by 8:00 we should be in the classroom getting ready to do the board work. So while they are doing that I will log in my class for about 30 minutes and do a discussion question or two, but like always that is sudden to change.
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Understand what you are doing and try to communicate with you teacher or classmates. Prioritize your assignments, when studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task. You’ll be fresh, and have more energy to take them on when you are at your best. For more difficult courses of study, try to be flexible: understand what you are doing, take your time to evaluate the content provided. For example, build in “reaction time” when you can get feedback on assignments before they are due. Also you would need to postpone unnecessary activities until the work is done. Mastery in my studies will encourage me to succeed in the process of getting my degree. Postpone tasks or routines that can be put off until your school work is finished! This can be the most difficult challenge of time management. As learners we always meet unexpected opportunities that look appealing, and then result in poor performance on a test, on a paper. Distracting activities will be more enjoyable later without the pressure of the test or an assignment hanging over your head. Think in terms of pride of accomplishment instead of saying “no” learn to say “later”.
By evaluating the information gathered writing a journal of activities will help me remain on task and organize my schedule. Identify resources to help you when help is needed. Try different internet sites to help you with specific ideas. If you go to a library find...