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My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - August 31st 2011, 07:58 AM

So as everybody knows, I've been extremely stressed about school lately.
Right now, I'm going to try to plan a schedule for myself so that I can be able to get everything I want to get done to get done.
This is rough, obviously, because things change throughout the week, but it'll be the best I can do for accuracy.
Suggestions would be beyond welcome but very very very wanted. I need help making this not so...tight. If possible.
Monday:
10-Wake up
10-12-Get dresed and eat breakfast
12-12:50-Walk to class, go to computer lab in commons and review Global Politics Notes.
12:50-1:45-Global Politics
1:45-2:10-Walk to dorm
2:10-3:10-Get ready for band, check online about announced homework in either band or my Tue-Thur class, start any homework given.
3:15-Bus to band.
4-6-Band
6:15-Back at dorm, shower.
6:45-7:15-Facebook/Tumblr/TeenHelp/Call family and boyfriend
7:15 to 11:30-Do all homework for Philosophy, Psychology, English, and Math.
11:30-12 Bed.
Tuesday
7 am-Wake up
7-8 Get ready, breakfast, dressed, all that
8-9 Walk to class, review Philosophy
9-10:15 Philosophy
10:15-12 Eat lunch and study for Psychology and English
12-1:15 Psychology
1:30-2:15 English 105
2:15-4:30 Do math (dual online class) in lounge area, eat small dinner
4:30-5:45-Report for biggest waste of time math class ever.
6-8 Math tutoring at math tutoring center.
8-8:45 Get home, shower,
9-9:15 Facebook/Tumblr/TeenHelp/Call family and boyfriend
9:15-11:30 Read for Global Politics, do any Philosophy, Psychology, or English homework that you can fit in remaining time.
11:30-12 Bed
Wednesday
10-Wake uo
10-12-Get dresed and eat breakfast. Bring band stuff all day.
12-12:50-Walk to class, go to computer lab in commons and review Global Politics Notes.
12:50-1:45-Global Politics
2-2:50-Intro to Liberal Arts and Science
3:15-Bus to band.
4-6-Band
6:30-7:30-TWLOHA meeting?
8:15-8:45-Shower, that dinner thing
8:45-9 Facebook, Tumblr, TeenHelp, Call family and boyfriend
9-11:30 Finish all homework for Phil, Psych, English, and Math
7:15 to 11:30-Do all homework for Philosophy, Psychology, English, and Math.
11:30-12 Bed.
Thursday
7 am-Wake up
7-8 Get ready, breakfast, dressed, all that
8-9 Walk to class, review Philosophy
9-10:15 Philosophy
10:15-12 Eat lunch and study for Psychology and English
12-1:15 Psychology
1:30-2:15 English 105
2:15-4:30 Do math (dual online class) in lounge area, eat small dinner
4:30-5:45-Report for biggest waste of time math class ever.
6-8 Math tutoring at math tutoring center.
8-8:45 Get home, shower
9-9:15 Facebook/Tumblr/TeenHelp/Call important peeps
9:15-11:30 Read for Global Politics, do any Philosophy, Psychology, or English homework that you can fit in remaining time.
11:30-12 Bed
Friday
10-Wake up
10-12-Get dresed and eat breakfast
12-12:50-Walk to class, go to computer lab in commons and review Global Politics Notes.
12:50-1:45-Global Politics
1:45-2:10-Walk to dorm
2:10-3:10-Get ready for band, check online about announced homework in either band or my Tue-Thur class, start any homework given.
3:15-Bus to band.
4-6-Band
? Football game performance? Or
6:15-6:45 Shower, Dinner
6:45-9 Facebook, Tumblr, TeenHelp, Skype family and boyfriend
9-Sleep.
Weekends without band stuff-
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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 1st 2011, 05:40 AM

You first need to identify which activities are least important. The courses are going to be the most important for your academic schedule, followed by study and homework time. Studying/doing homework at night isn't a great idea as there will be times when you'll have a lot of it, so you'll have to do some during the day otherwise you'll fall behind. Although you do have times allotted during the day for studying, you have other activities that you may need to sometimes cut.

Tuesday and Thursday seems like the most packed days in terms of courses, which isn't too big of a problem. All it means is you may have to devote some time on the weekends and other days for it. To make this fit better, activities that are least important should be cut, such as the TWLOHA meeting and possibly band. On Friday, you shouldn't spend that long online as it takes up too much time. Spending around 30 minutes or less I would say is fine, not a few hours.

You also shouldn't give such tight restrictions on night-time homework. Some days you may need to spend just 30 minutes extra, so be willing to do that. It's good you have an established time to sleep but need to be willing to bend those time designations on occasion.

Lastly, although it will take up some time, you may want to go to a gym, swim, etc... . Having some free time to let any frustrations out can be ideal. Myself, I take martial arts in the evenings, although I cant always make the class because university work has more priority. I try to go not just to be fit but also to let out any frustrations during sparring and on the punching bag.


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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 1st 2011, 09:06 AM

All I will say is that your schedule seems quite exact, with your days being planned right down to the minute. Whilst organisation is vital for success, it's also important that you allow for a little flexibility. Some days you may find you need to spend more time studying and less time online, for example. It's crucial that you don't fall apart if your schedule can't always be followed precisely.

Although you are a staff member, it may not be possible for you to be online for more than 20-30 minutes some days and that's fine. Your studies must come first and if you feel you cannot commit to your TH duties for a while, make sure you ask to have some leave.


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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 1st 2011, 12:05 PM

It seems like you have a good draft, although, let that be your guide and not exactly what you need to do everyday. You will get so stressed all over again if you make yourself follow a schedule like that to a T. Because then you will worry about not doing this or that in a certain time frame.

Also on Monday and Wednesday when you get up and get dressed and you have two hours basically before you need to be anywhere. Why don't you take that time to either read some homework or do some homework that way you don't have to do all of it at another time and stress out or just feel crammed. Space it out.
Also you could take that time to do a quick workout, this way you can stay healthy and relieve some stress and that way you have energy through out the day.


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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 1st 2011, 12:51 PM

There are some things, like classes and other planned activities which have set times throughout the day. These, obviously, you can't change.

Then there're things that HAVE to be done. Like meals, homework, studying, that kind of thing. These, you have to do, but can be slotted in whenever you're not in lessons.

Then there are the 'fun' things, like going on the internet or phoning people. I advise you to not have a scheduled time for this, but to spend any free time you have between classes and homework doing fun things. Or, do all your homework before going on TH or Tumblr. Because you know how addicting they can get, and you're more likely to turn your computer off to sleep, than turn it off to study.

Just my suggestions. Obviously, I don't know what an 18-year-old's school life is like, but you might want time for socialising too :P <3
   
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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 1st 2011, 01:15 PM

Hi Traci!
Well, I think the above posts have sort of already put down most about what I wanted to say. First off, wow, may I say that you have put like every single little detail into this plan, which is quite commendable, really! And like the others have mentioned, let this just be more of a guidueline.
Actually, what Kate said, is what I really wanted to say. Don't schedule time for fun and such. Use the free time that you have in between your study and band and classes, etc. When you put time down like that, it kinda forces you to put things down and do something else. As good as that may be, you may be lagging in a particualr topic that may need more time, and such, so instead of putting down time for fun anf games, use your free time to do what ever you feel like doing at that moment. Also, keep some extra time here and there in case of any emergencies, or unforseen situations. You might have to do something, but may have not thought about it when you were making this and such? I won't know, but it'll be a good idea to keep a little leeway and extra time here and there for such things.
One more thing: Prioritize. What ever is most important, focus on that. After these tests are over, you're going to get as much time as you want to do what you like, at least for a while. So things you may not know or aren't sure of, forget it for now and focus on studying.
I would suggest, and this again, is just a suggestion, try more outdoorsie fun instead of the computer: FB, Tumblr, etc. You need that physical exercise and walking from one place to another isn't going to suffice. You need to be physically active to help you concentrate on your studying.
And a better way to study, is alotting time for the subjects, rather than what you're going to do throughout the day. Alot time for your studies, working around the classes and band practice that you have. That way, you are more foused on the studying part of it and not the schedule as such, if you catch my drift.
Just one last thing I would like to add. I noticed that you mentioned eat lunch and study or study and have a small dinner. In some way, it kinda brings food and studying together. Don't do that. Eat, then study. Or study, then eat, you know what I mean?
I think it's really great that you are so determined to do really well in your tests. Best of luck for them, by the way! You'll ace them for sure, with such focus.
Have a really fruitful week!


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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 4th 2011, 02:48 AM

Thanks guys! The tips about homework before TH and Tumblr were real good, I'm kind of bad about going over, and that's a good way to make me do it. ^__^
For those who said homework in the mornings before class-I'm very bad about doing homework in the morning, I often forget about it, or I'm not able to finish something in time for the class. I prefer things being at night because I have more time to be able to finish. I usually use the mornings to look over notes or studies I did the previous night to refresh my brain, so that I can do well on tests that day. But I don't like waiting until the last morning to do the work. Just a personal preference.
For those who said the times should be less strict-It's more of a guideline, as many said. I'm not saying these times have to be, for example, going to bed exactly at 11:30. I'm just saying that if all I have left is studying, and it's 10:45, I should aim for 11:30 to stop instead of not having an idea of when I want to go to bed.
Concrete Angel-With marching band, I do a lot of outdoor exercise actually. I'm out six hours a week marching (I've got a legit tan because of it!), plus I do not have a car or bike, so I walk everywhere. I love the outdoors! I actually go outside with my computer a lot. However, I do also live in Tempe AZ, where the temperature at this time of year is over 100 degrees F, so it's unrealistic to spend a WHOLE lot of time out there. Working out is best done at the gym.
I loved the tips! So don't think I'm arguing. Just explaining some of the method behind my madness.


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Re: My Schedule-Anybody have any revisions? - September 4th 2011, 06:05 AM

Your schedule seems to be pretty exact, and while organization is a fantastic idea, I have found that scheduling rarely ever works out the way you plan it. You will find that college allows lots of little opportunities that you can take to make things work - reading/studying on the bus on the way to band rehearsal or studying for your test during lunch, or some students even read for class while they're exercising. Take advantage of little moments to get assignments started or study/review information. You probably WILL have some all nighters (at least at some point), so be on the lookout.

Get yourself a planner to write down assignments. Every Sunday, for example, I make a list of things that need to be done throughout the week - appointments, work and class schedules, assignments that are due and when I plan on working on them, what nights I plan on doing my reading for class, etc. Then, I have my awesome red pen that I use to cross things off the list as I get to them, and damn does it feel good as I cross things off! I don't always give myself a timeline for the day; I just know what needs to be done each day and go through the list as quickly as possible... That way, I can take advantage of little opportunities (such as reading my textbook while in the waiting room at my doctor's appointment) to get things done faster.

I'm not going to tell you to cut down on extra curriculars, but be mindful of what has the most importance and what you can manage to skip out on if you need to. For example, if you have a big test on Friday that you need to study for Thursday evening but you have a meeting of some sort to go to, skip out on the meeting and study.

Also... As far as the time you've allotted for talking to friends and family... I, personally, call friends/family/fiance in my comings and goings (like when I'm driving home from class, walking in between classes or sometime during/after mealtime).

Multitasking was VERY important for me in college and I learned to do it quickly and I learned to do it very well. Start looking at where your priorities are, what you CAN multitask with and what needs your full attention. You CAN do all of the extra curriculars and still have freetime, but it will definitely require both prioritizing and multitasking. Do NOT be afraid to drop something from your schedule if you get too overwhelmed. It's better to put your entire effort into a couple of things than trying to spread yourself too thin among a bunch of things. Spreading yourself too thin will drive you insane (and my insanity is enough for the both of us ).

The other thing that concerns me about your schedule is that most colleges don't have football games on only Friday nights. You MAY have a different schedule each week depending on how things work out (I was in pep band in college (we didn't have football) and basketball games changed week in and week out). A lot of colleges have Saturday afternoon games. Double-check on this to make sure you can account for everything.


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