Shawn Wang Ronald Richardson ENGL 93 8 March 2014
Make Time For Success In College Every year, millions of students drop out from college for various of reasons. Reasons such as poor grade, family issues, having a parttime job, stressing out, too much thirdparty distractions, most of them are due to students’ lack of time management. It makes students feel like they lose control of their life, not before long they will lose interests in school. In order to address these issues, students must have good timemanagement skills. Therefore, how to use time effectively becomes the key to academic success. Also, benefits from having a good timemanagement will not be limited to your academic career, they will enhance your professional life as well. In order to get a grip on the term “time management”, first we need to understand what is time and what makes it so important to our academic career? Many students realize that their time have become more and more insufficient even since they got into college, but what they fail to understand is that time is a special resource. It is constant and limited to everyone. We all know that there are only 24 hours in a day, and everyone is limited to that same amount in their daily life. Due to the invariant natural of time, the question now goes to how should we properly manage our time in order to reach the maximum of our productivities, which is crucial to our academic success. Take myself for an instance, after subtracting the time I spend on doing daily essentials(sleep, making my way to school, attending lectures, dining, laundry and some personal hobbies), the time left for me to study is roughly about 4 hours per day. And I happen to have 4 classes in hand, which means I only have less than 1 hour to
spend on each of my class. Without a proper timemanagement skill, I can barely maintain the balance in my daily life not to mention becoming successful in my academic career. Besides the invariant natural, time is also irretrievable. Unlike money, there is no refund in spending time. For example, If I haven’t finish my assignment today, I will have to assign same portion of time for tomorrow. Still, because of everyone is limited to the same amount of time, I will probably have to cut off some less important events in order to finish the assignment I should have done earlier. Following from this logic, the accomplishments I could have made with my time will have become less. My academic performance shall be eventually jeopardized if situations like this get stacked. Speaking of accomplishments, having good timemanagement skills could help students accomplish more with less time. Students who drop out from college often tend to have poor grades, it makes them lose interests in school. The reasons of having poor grades can be summarized as followed: Missing assignment deadline, Not being able to finish an academic project, Not having enough time to study for the incoming exam. These are the typical effects of not making enough academic accomplishments, also another result of poor time management. A survey research reveals a student’s ability to manage their time successfully and productively is explicitly related to academic performance(Wikiversity, pars. 4). In simple words, the better a student’s time management, the better their grades in regards to their academic performance. Time management requires students to make use of their down time and avoid any procrastination. It only not helps students to rearrange their time in a proper manner but also make their time usages more efficient. In this way students’ academic accomplishments will be maximized and so will their grades. Furthermore, having a good time management will also help students to reduce stress. According to an newspaper article, 54 percent of Americans are facing all kinds of stress in their daily
life(Washington Post, page. 1). For all that we know, stressrelated psychological disorders can have devastating effects on exams, while exams are often deeply related to our academic achievements. Stress can be caused by poor time management. A social research on stressed students shows more that 50% of stressed student were not getting enough sleep or exercises(Rafidah, Azizah and Nor, table 2). If we dig deeper in situations like these, it’s not hard to find that poor time management is reason behind all these symptoms. So what can students do to free themselves from struggling under stress? By conducting simple prioritizing(one of the skills in time management) to focus on addressing the primary issues on their schedules shall significantly reduce the amount of stress they bear. Imagine a situation where you were a student and you have gone through all the study materials early which leaves you plenty of time to spend till the next exam. So when the hours of reckoning finally comes, you won’t feel a tint of stress, instead, you will be more assertive than ever. Students who have a good time management will certainly benefit themselves with that confidence. Of all the above, benefits that can be applied on academic career can also be applied on professional career. Today students who made huge academic accomplishments means they will mostly like to achieve better quality of their work tomorrow; Today students who didn’t miss their academic deadlines means they won’t be missing the deadlines of their works tomorrow; Today students who didn’t stressout towards exams means they will be able to handle the stress from their job tomorrow. Since work and study both share the same basic principles, having good time management skills will not only benefit students’ academic careers but also will benefit their professional careers as well. As more and more students drop out from college, it’s the time to address the importance of having a good time management. Students must understand that having a good time management can save them from the dropout miseries, along with many other benefits from different aspects throughout
their entire academic careers. In addition, same benefits of time management can be applied on professional careers as well. So starts now, make time for success in college.
Works Cited en.wikiversity.org. “University student time management”, 2013. Web. washingtonpost.com. “Facts on Stress”, 2007. Web. Rafidah Kamarudin, Azizah Aris and Nor aini Ibrahim. “STRESS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: A STUDY AMONG PRESCIENCE STUDENTS IN UiTM NEGERI SEMBILAN”, 2009. Print.