I realized that being proactive and working ahead of time is really the best way to stay on top of your studies. In order to do that, you really need to be organized. There are three things I carry with me everywhere.
- A calendar – At the start of the semester I write down all of my due dates from the syllabus from each class. Then, I write down the dates when I will start and finish each assignment. This keeps track of what’s coming up, and reminds me to work on it ahead of time so as to reduce that last minute cramming.
- Wunderlist – Wunderlist is an app that I use on my phone. I use it to create to do lists (separate for each course), and then set reminders. I can even share those with other people. I sometimes share lists with my friends so that we can all keep each other accountable if we’re in the same course.
- A little notepad – This is where I write down every miscellaneous thing that comes up in my day. It’s sort of like a to do list, but it’s more so to write anything extra so that I don’t forget.
At the end of the day it’s about diligence and giving yourself constant reminders. I might ignore one reminder and put something off, but there’s no way I’ll ignore the other two.
Contributors: Erich Ko from Curexe