Organizational and Time Management Skills

2017 – 2018 Scholarship Entry – Test Preparation Essay
Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship

Kristen Dunlop
Bracebridge, Ontario

Over the course of my education, postponing school assignments has led to lack of much needed sleep fuelled from late-night cramming sessions. Upon entering my university undergraduate degree, it became obvious I would no longer be able to maintain the same study techniques I used throughout high school to obtain the grades I wished to receive in university.How to Cram if you have to

Frustrated by this, I evaluated my study habits and decided that I greatly needed to improve my organizational and time management skills which many emerging young adults struggle with upon transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. From this analysis, I have integrated several study habits which have equipped me with skills that have grown me as a scholar and made for a gratifying academic experience.
Time Management for Students
Stress Management for Students

When first presented with an upcoming test, preparing for it can appear overwhelming. Be sure to start reviewing early so that you have the time to thoroughly look over all your class notes and readings. Spending several minutes after each class to summarize what was taught will help when it comes to studying for assignments and tests.

Approximately a week before any test, create a document that contains brief descriptions of major concepts and key terms discussed in previous classes. This will help to decipher between useful and unnecessary  information needed to know for the test. I prefer to write, as opposed to type, my study guide as it helps me to retain the information and concepts more thoroughly. It also allows me to customize and be creative with my notes! Feel free to use highlighters, coloured pens, post-it-notes (with answers to questions hidden beneath them) to make your study guide more enjoyable to create and study.

Creating this guide early will also allow you to identify if you find yourself struggling with any of the information being reviewed. If so, be sure to reach out for help. This can be done through the various services offered on campuses from professors, teaching assistants, peers, mentors and other student services. These services are specifically in place for students to use and, from personal experience, are vastly under-utilized by most students.
How to Make a Study Plan

Following these techniques have drastically changed how I now think about future assignments and tests. Although tedious, the changes I have made to my study techniques have provided me with invaluable skills that have not only helped me academically but also personally and in the workforce. However, we are all human and sometimes leaving things until the last minute can be unavoidable. When this does happen, it is important to uncover what caused you to procrastinate and how it can be avoided in the future. Procrastination can make it appear like all hope is lost and ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ being graduation.

How to handle Procrastination

Having this type of mentality towards school diminishes the experience that higher education brings. It is important to remember that despite working towards the end goal of a degree, diploma or certificate, being engaged in your studies and avoiding procrastination, will not only lead to academic success but a fulfilling and accomplished experience.


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Date Published: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Date Modified: Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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