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Stress reduction, time management, and study habits for college students.

 

Donald Becker 

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With the beginning of new classes here and in full swing, I thought I would give you a few ideas about how to best succeed this semester with some tips on stress reduction, time management, and study habits.
The beginning of anything can be stressful for a young adult; especially the beginning of a new semester of college.  Everydaylife.com has some in-depth explanations of the ten ways to reduce stress for a college student. Some of the most common ways to reduce stress include: not getting enough sleep; eating well; exercising; avoiding unnatural energy boosts; getting emotional support; do not give up on your passions; try not to overload yourself; avoid relaxing with alcohol; remembering to breathe; and even getting a massage. While I realize with school, family, and maybe a job, some of these things may seem hard to obtain such as getting enough sleep or avoiding unnatural energy boosts. The point is to try and maintain a healthy balance of these things. Visit http://bit.ly/2vk93kN for a full list with more in-depth explanations of how to reduce stress.
One of my biggest issues when starting college was time management. I thought I could survive on waiting until the last minute and never using a planner. Unfortunately, I was wrong and quickly realized I needed to learn some time management skills if I planned on succeeding not only in college but in life in general. Appfluence.com has compiled a list that I found to be great in my quest to learn time management skills. While some may sound a bit obvious, they include the following: be organized; make friends; focus on purpose not procedure; don’t just read, think; understand the basic things; prioritize your coursework; work on things that are important; don’t study all the time; and finally, write everything you have to do, down. For more time management suggestions, visit http://bit.ly/1VHzQkv and give them all a try – after all, you won’t know what works for you until you try it!
To wrap this up, I would like to share a few tips I found useful about study habits. If you are one of the rare students that likes studying; great! If not, then this article is for you. Campusexplorer.com compiled a list of seven highly effective tips with detail that I’ll post the link to at the bottom, but they are as follows: good notes=good grades; stay organized; unplug and reconnect; don’t cram; don’t over study; find your zone; and remember to take breaks. A complete list is available at http://bit.ly/1rkbs6o to help you best accomplish your goals.
I hope these tips for stress, time management, and study skills will help you succeed both in college as well as everyday life.

Dobecker@lc.edu