The toughest part is not
getting lazy by using that one day as a buffer. You can’t let
yourself slip behind because you know you’re that much ahead
already. Once you lose that day, it’s much, much harder to get
it back in the middle of the semester because the pace of your
classes will be picking up. If you can get ahead in that first
week, the load will be much lighter.
Of course, there are
exceptions to every rule. Not every class is equal in
difficulty, and it may be extremely hard to get that one-day
edge in certain classes that have very poor books, or in
classes that depend almost 100% on lecture material that
doesn't come from your book.
Some classes may be just plain
hard, and if you can't get a day ahead in one or two classes,
that's fine. The time that you save by being ahead in your
other classes will help you enormously in that really tough
Microeconomics class you're taking.
If you find that reading your
book is doing you no good, then go talk to your professor. If
they learn that you are really trying to stay a day ahead,
besides the inevitable brownie points that will follow, they
will be willing to help you out. Professors are generally
willing to bend over backwards for any student that is putting
out a serious effort to succeed in their class.
Let me mention that you
may have some classes in which the professor has put together a
"notes packet" that really does contain copies of all the
overheads and notes that will be used. This could be a trap.
Don't let those notes become an excuse to get lazy. Don't think
that lecture really doesn't matter because you have all of the
material -- get one day ahead in the class notes, and again,
all of the lectures will be your own personal review
All of this does not guarantee
your success at college. That’s because everyone learns
differently. Try some of these suggestions and see if it
doesn't leave you with more time than you would have if you
tried cram sessions, group study sessions, yoga, or any other
Time management is so much
easier when you have control over the other parts of your life.
A key concept that goes along with this is organization skills.
When you are organized, it’s easier to stay on task and reduces
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