How to Be a Time Management Ninja

 

Where do you fit it all in? School? Work? Family? How can you make time for everything you need to do? One way is to be a time ninja.

But what does it mean to be a time ninja? A time ninja sneaks things into the every day moments of life and uses them to their advantage. Being a time ninja involves preparing yourself for battle against your schedule and wasted time. It means thinking ahead, seizing the moment and getting things done.

Topics: Time Management

9 Critical Factors You Need to Consider Before Choosing a Study Space

Your surroundings make a huge impact on how efficient and effective you are. They can affect your mood, energy and concentration, and your study space is no different. Consider the place you finish most of your schoolwork:

Are you in an office with constant commotion?

Is it in a coffee shop with dim lighting?

Do you sit on the back porch watching your kids laugh and play?

Whatever the atmosphere of your study space, though it be homey and comfortable, it may actually be hurting your studies. So, to get down to school business and actually accomplish something on time (and yes, even early!), make sure your ideal study space meets these 9 critical factors:

Topics: Study Tips, Time Management

9 Easy Fixes to Your Biggest Time Management Excuses

Whenever the idea of going back to college comes up, do you think to yourself:

  • How am I supposed to balance work and school? 
  • How am I supposed to find the time to study?
  • Will my family be able to handle my new schedule?

The most successful and productive students have mastered one key skill: time management. While their techniques may differ, from accomplishing course-related tasks early on Sunday morning to an hour after the kids are in bed, you can do this if you set up a routine in a structured environment. All you need is careful planning and your best efforts. If you’ve ever made any of these excuses, consider these easy fixes an excuse no more.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation

7 Essential Online Student Resources to Ease Your Schoolwork Pains

When you have multiple papers and projects due, research topics to brainstorm and exams to study for, time management, or actually finding any time at all, can be a real challenge. How can you keep up with all your assignments, avoid distractions and stay focused?

To increase your productivity and concentration, there are a collection of resources available to you as a Thomas Edison State University student. From 24/7 tutoring to citation shortcuts, use these tools to make your school life easier and get the job done in the time you do have.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Study Tips, Time Management

7 Common Mistakes That Can Seriously Hurt Your GPA

Your GPA (grade point average) is more than just a number; it’s one of the few ways you’re able to assess your progress and learning throughout your college career. But getting the GPA you want, or the GPA you are truly capable of, can be hard. Even though you are the one in control of your education and future, it may not always feel that way. 


Poor grades are often the result of poor habits, not poor intellect. The wrong decisions can hurt your GPA. You already know how to work harder; you just need to learn how to work smarter. With that in mind, avoid these common mistakes to earn a GPA that will truly reflect your genius:

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Study Tips, Time Management

3 Strategies to Boost Your Productivity and Efficiency as a College Student

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Time is fleeting –we could all use more hours in the day, right? Sometimes, regardless of how much we accomplish in a given day it still doesn't seem like there is enough time to do everything we set out to do. As an adult college student, you're balancing multiple responsibilities in addition to your course work; many of you are working full-time jobs, raising a family or have various other commitments. Time feels more than just fleeting, it feels evanescent.

We are all given the same amount of hours and minutes in the day, so how do you make the most of your time? Here are three strategies to help you be as productive and efficient as possible as a college student.

Topics: Time Management, Work-Life Balance

7 Tactics to Get Schoolwork Done on Your Next Business Trip

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There are two kinds of thoughts most people have when they plan a business trip.

 

1. “Yes! My bags are packed and I am ready to go!”
2. “No, no and no. How am I supposed to fit this trip into crazy schedule?”

 

Most adults going back to college fall into the latter category. Even if you enjoy traveling, business trips can be a challenge when they cause you to play catch up at the office and with your course work. Maybe you feel the time spent in meetings or conferences is not worth the headache when you get back home.

Business travel? No, thank you.

Of course, saying no to a business trip is not an option for most of us. The good news is that you can incorporate a few productivity strategies to make sure that your time is well spent.

Topics: Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

How to Better Balance School, Family and Work as an Online Learner

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This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program.

If you are an adult today, your days are busy enough without adding classes and studying to your daily routine. You probably feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day for work, family and a social life, and when you imagine juggling classes and homework on top of that - life gets a lot more complicated. So how are you to supposed to study for your degree but still maintain an active social and professional life?

Topics: Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

6 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Student Habits You Didn’t Know You Had

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You’ve read every article on time management strategies and how to be more productive. You’ve dedicated a quiet space for schoolwork, block distracting websites and get organized. You may have even mastered our list of timesaving hacks.  

But, as you try to balance life as a student, parent, corporate executive, taxi driver and whatever else you have to do this week, do you still feel like rushing around is just a fact of your day? If you’re supposedly doing everything right, why is your daily workload not getting any easier? 

Topics: Study Tips, Time Management

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Kids About Going Back to School

Your dinner table is covered in textbooks and papers… pencils are hiding under folders… and you can just make out a calculator or two buried under some barely legible scribbled notes. But none of it belongs to your children.

Homework time isn’t just for kids anymore.

Where you once quizzed your son in preparation for his spelling test, he’s now quizzing you for your World Geography final exam. Just as you used to listen to your daughter read aloud in the other room while you secretly listened from the kitchen sink, she’s now offering pointers on how to be a more effective public speaker for your video assignments. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your pre-teen excels on a test when he or she gets a full night sleep the day before.

Topics: Going Back to College, Time Management, Motivation, Work-Life Balance