In college (particularly compared to high school settings) the ability to manage one’s time becomes much more important. You are more likely to have out-of-class assignments and projects with potentially competing timelines, not to mention things like work, home/family life, etc.
Organization is critical to balancing all these things. Something as simple as using a calendar or planner can help you see when an assignment is coming up, and if that might compete with a big exam in another class or a busy time at work.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
How can I improve my Organization?
Strategies to Use
Either on your phone or in a paper format, use a calendar to track your classes, work shifts, and other events.
Make sure to block out dedicated time to study, especially when big assignments, projects, or exams are coming up.
Set aside a time early each week (e.g., Sunday evening or Monday morning) to look at what’s ahead. This will help you prepare for particularly busy times or shift things around as needed.
Make a to-do list each week and cross off items as they get done.
Resources at Montclair State
CAST offers tutoring services, supplemental instruction, workshops (including how-to guides to navigate online platforms and courses), access to online course support (navigate online platforms, tips for succeeding in an online course, internet and hotspot access), links to external supplemental instructional materials.
Harry A. Sprague Library offers an Ask A Librarian service to help with finding sources and doing research (drop-in at the reference desk, chat live online, email, phone, text, Zoom/in-person appointments); study spaces; workshops (how to use the library, how to conduct research, how to use Google Scholar); and assistive technology. In addition, use the library website to find sources for your assignments and coursework (ebooks, print books, articles, streaming videos, and more).
Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) offers in-person and online appointments for every type of writing, workshops, and various online resources. The CWE fosters confidence, independence, and self-efficacy with short- and long-term goals.
All of the apps below are free for both iOS and Android and can help you organize your schedule and assignments