As an ACE student, managing your time will be imperative for your success. Here are some tips to help you figure out how to balance work, school, family and other commitments while still finding time to relax and have fun!
1. Plan ahead. Read the syllabus and course requirements ahead of time so you can structure your schedule to meet those demands. Work ahead when possible and don’t be afraid to ask questions before due dates. Your professors want you to be communicative about questions or concerns, so be proactive!
2. Budget your time. Use every day. Use prep times, lunch times and other free times to do readings and homework. Download readings and assignments so you can work anywhere any time. Use a planner (paper or digital) to avoid over-scheduling and record important deadlines.
3. Cultivate productive habits. Pace yourself. Complete a little work each day instead of trying to do it all at once. Establish a routine and stick to it. Start assignments early so you don’t fall behind. Do your work in a quiet space where you can focus.
4. Prioritize. Remember you have made a commitment to yourself and your education. Don't feel guilty declining some social invitations. Commit to your responsibilities and obligations but be willing to let go of less important activities.
5. Lean on your support system. Tell your spouse, friends and family what you are learning. This helps you remember the material and reminds your support network you are in school and working hard. Work with them to create plans that meet the demands of your family and also give you the time you need to study.
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