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7 Tips to Manage Your Academic Workload

Hey, Bearcats! As we get into the semester, I know things can become overwhelming. You may feel like you have too much work and not enough time and energy to do it. From my experience, however, if you try some of these things, you will give yourself a better chance to succeed.

Try out different study methods

Students studying for finals in the Union Undergrounds last May

The Pomodoro Technique is essential for my approach to schoolwork. It goes like this: work for 20-30 minutes, then take a 5-10 minute break, then repeat. This is just one of many study methods, though. Do some research and see what works best for you! Check the “Study skills” section of that link to explore different options.

Prioritize your sleep

Artwork of a person sleeping

Sleep is important. According to The National Sleep Foundation, college students should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Without necessary rest, your concentration, mood and memory will suffer. It can be hard to develop a healthy sleep schedule, but it is very important! It will make class and studying a lot easier. If you are struggling with this, contact the CARE Team.

Use your on-campus resources

A student tutors another student in Glenn G. Bartle Library

Check out some of the services offered through Binghamton University. If you need assistance with a class or assignment, try University Tutorial Services. You can also visit the Writing Center. It is very helpful and open to all students.

Develop hobbies so you don’t burn out

Students play on the basketball and tennis courts near the Hinman and Mountainview communities

You can’t do schoolwork all day, every day. Hobbies are essential for your mental health, especially when schoolwork is piling up. There are also a lot of events you can attend to have fun. In short, do what makes you happy; it’s good for you.

Ask questions

A professor explains something to a student

Whether it’s your professor, TA or fellow classmates, be sure to ask questions when you need clarification. If you aren’t comfortable with asking something in a large group setting, ask your professor after class or attend their office hours. Asking questions can help you build connections with whomever you’re contacting. Feel free to connect with a tutor if that setting is comfortable for you!

Make or join a GroupMe

Image of the Groupme logo

GroupMe is a mobile app where you can text with your classmates when you have a question or want to connect. If you’re confused about something that was said during class, you can always text the GroupMe chat after and ask for clarification. It’s a helpful resource that helps you stay connected and engaged with your peers. Remember to be considerate!

Stay organized

Someone writing a to-do list

Organization is key! Try to maintain a clean workspace and give yourself access to schedules (course schedules, academic calendars, to-do lists, etc.) Limiting scatter, whether physical or mental, is advantageous to academic success. Scroll down to the “Time management and organization” section of that link to learn more.

I’m not an expert. If needed, please seek additional help.

Shawn Ammann is an intern for the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a junior majoring in English. He is undecided on a career path, but is interested in screenwriting and sportswriting. He enjoys playing basketball, running, watching movies and writing.

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