Refer to your graduation plan and long-term goals frequently. Always ask yourself, “Is what I am doing now leading me to where I want to be in the future.”
Know what it is you want to get out of your education.
Monitor your time for three days in half hour increments. Then add up how much time you spent sleeping, studying, going to class, working, relaxing, traveling, eating, etc. This will help you see how you currently use your time, and if adjustments need to be made, you will see where.
"A" priority is assigned to tasks that have high value to you. These are tasks that you want to do because they will help you meet your goals. Also included in this category are tasks that have immediate deadlines.
"B" priority is assigned to tasks that have medium value.
"C" priority is assigned to tasks that have low value; these tasks can be put off or left undone entirely.
Ask yourself two questions.
"Is what I'm doing now helping me achieve my goal
"What will happen if I don't do this?"
Make and use a semester calendar so as to see ahead of time when exams and projects are due. Projects can be more easily completed if broken down into segments, and due dates are set for each segment.
Schedules If you find that you have a hard time motivating yourself to do homework, then it would be a good thing to think about making a schedule for yourself.
Helps prioritize your time better and give you self-discipline.
When you take time to plan, there is less of a chance you will talk yourself out of studying.
As you accomplish your tasks you gain incentive and motivation to continue in this organized way.
Prioritizing Learning how to prioritize friends and schoolwork is often very difficult. Friends are obviously more fun than homework, but the homework needs to get done nonetheless. By prioritizing your time wisely it is possible to make time for both. The main reason we are at school is learn, and even though socializing is a big part of it, it is not the most important. Here are some tips on how to avoid the temptation of choosing friends over schoolwork:
Work in the library instead of your apartment—there are less distractions.
Join an academic club or get outside help. A club or study group provides friends as well as encouragement to do well in school.
Seek help from your academic advisor. By having someone to report to you’ll have the incentive to finish your work.
If personal or family problems weigh heavily on your mind, don't hesitate to use the counseling services.
Interact with others in ways that are friendly, courteous, and tactful and that demonstrate respect for others’ ideas, opinions, and contributions.
Seek input from others in order to understand their actions and reactions.
Offer clear input of your interests and attitudes so others can understand your actions and reactions.
Learn to identify which types of situations make you uncomfortable and then modify your behavior to achieve positive results. Learn to become aware of behaviors in other people that prompt you to respond in negative ways and modify your own behavior to turn the situation into a positive experience.
Accept responsibility for your own behavior and do not fear apologizing for errors in judgment or insensitive actions. Asking others for honest feedback about the way you interact with others can be very helpful. Accept the negative feedback along with the positive and make changes accordingly.
Your non-verbal communication is equally as important as the things that you say. Positive body language is extremely important in your interactions with other people. If your words and your actions do not match, you will have a difficult time succeeding in social situations.
Fight the urge to respond immediately and really listen to what the other person is trying to communicate. Offering suggestions or criticism before you are certain of the other person's intent can only lead to frustration for both parties.
Improving your social skills is a process and cannot be accomplished overnight. Trying to improve or change too many things at once will be counter-productive. Choose one or two traits at a time and work on those over a period of time. Learn to take advantage of your personal strengths and make a positive impact on others.
Maximize your positive personality traits and use them in your interactions with others.