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How to be more productive in college.

Time management tips to help you succeed in your studies in college.

Sometimes the course load for a student can be overwhelming and this leads many students to drop out or classes or entire college. Here are some tips that can make you more productive in college and be able to handle your coursework better.

Treat your classes like a career, like the end result matters to you more than anything on the world, even for general classes not directly relevant to your major or interests.

Sit down every weekday at the library for a few hours, shut off your phone and focus on getting homework done, doing your reading, organizing notes and working on any projects given in your class.

Do not put anything off if you can help it and try to get as far ahead as you can on projects, and get stuff done as soon after it's assigned as possible, so you can spend the rest of your little remaining free time free of worries relaxing and resting. You need to rest so as to avoid burnout later in the semester.

It is recommended not postponing any schoolwork for the weekend unless you absolutely must despite your efforts during the week. For some major projects and papers this might be unavoidable since you simply won't be able to find enough time to get the work done, but you should avoid procrastination.

If you are still feeling burnt out, you can skip a class if it is not very consequential (e.g. a lecture and not a lab or an assignment due date. Note that you should not skip class for any given course more than twice in a term. Otherwise the instructor will begin to notice your lack of attendance, which could affect how they grade you, especially for classes where your grade depends on essays, papers and other subjective criteria.

Don't do drugs or smoke weed in college. This will affect your concentration and ability to learn and can have really bad consequences for your education and health. You can even get expelled from college for it.

Try your best to be attentive in lectures. This will help with revision time as you only need to look through and remind yourself what you've learnt and not start everything from scratch.

If you have a language class, practice your writing and speech at least once a week. Trying to cram everything that's been taught a night or two before your exams is extremely difficult.

Have good amounts of sleep during the exam period. Simple enough but this has to be stressed. There was a study that found that you need 12 hours of sleep to properly crystallize all the information that your brain has just taken in. This may be too much sleep, but at the least, you should aim for between 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

If you like to burn the midnight oil and then head straight to the exam hall, get at least a 2 hour nap. Your brain is not going to function well with no sleep.

It easier to focus when studying if you have a dedicated space for it. Don't study and do homework on your bed or in front of your TV, because you are going to be distracted by other things.

Find a study buddy. It helps to make at least one friend in every course that is dedicated to getting a good grade and studying. You make friends and learn the material better as a team.

Always show up for lectures but also visit the Professors office hours. Many people struggle or fail without going to the professor to ask for help. Professors hold office hours to help students and answer questions. Make an effort to talk to your Professors outside of class.

Print out the syllabi for each class and post it on your wall. It was easy to stay on top of readings and homework when you can see what is expected of you every day in your room.

Practice practice practice. This is true if you want to be good in sports, but it is also true for your studies. The more you do it the better you become. So go to your classes, read and read more, write essays and more essays. For every topic you do, try to do it over and over until you are proficient with it.

Start studying on the very first day of classes. So many people blow off the first few weeks of classes and then are playing catch up for the rest of the semester. Start right in to make sure you don't fall behind. Don't overload your schedule. If possible, consider a summer class or two to keep down the number of credits you need each semester. It is all about time management.

You should also find time to have fun. Don't burn yourself out with just studying. Go out and Socialize, party, play games and sports. The key is to have balance. All brilliant students have great time-management.