Ohen starting college, juggling school, work, extracurricular activities and time with friends can seem daunting.
There are different strategies and approaches students take when it comes to managing their time and staying organized. Practicing good organizational skills can be helpful for students as they progress through their college careers and balance multiple commitments.
MU junior Karlie Hoskins is working toward her degree in health sciences with a major in rehabilitation.
Hoskins prioritizes her academics, is involved in extracurricular activities, and works at the Mizzou Rec. When it comes to stress management, Hoskins tried different approaches and found the most effective strategy for herself.
“I use an Excel spreadsheet for all my homework. I check that daily,” Hoskins said.
There are also many free resources on campus that students can access.
The Student Success Center and Learning Center assist students academically, as well as the Writing Center. Students can also seek help from Tiger Tutors and Study Plan Consultants.
According to the MU Student Success Center website, a curriculum consultant’s responsibilities include one-on-one meetings with a trained student to help maintain and build effective organizational skills.
Curriculum consultant and UM student Ashlyn Zeldin works with students daily. Zeldin explained that she uses a study plan toolkit to browse weekly schedules and student availability.
The toolkit also includes a grade calculator that shows the grade a MU student needs to get on an assignment to meet a grade goal.
“So you can see ‘what do I have to do in this assignment to get my goal grade?'” Zeldin said. “We’re kind of working on how to get your goal grade.”
Zeldin said she feels rewarded each time she works with a student and sees the progress they have made in achieving their academic goals.
She has her own school planning methods, which include checking a daily planner to stay organized.
“I write down everything I’m going to do that day. And if I don’t do it that day, I write it the next day. And then I cross it out,” Zeldin said.
As a double major in Spanish and strategic communications, MU student Ellie Pendleton said it can be difficult to balance work and extracurricular activities. . She maintains an organized routine to help relieve stress that may arise at times.
“I have all my assignments and their due dates in my calendar,” Pendleton said. “I wrote it and got all the due dates, then the color is coordinated.”
Pendleton has maintained good organizational skills throughout her college career, but she also makes sure to set aside time in her day to give herself a break, even if it’s only a 15-minute break. to read or have a cup of coffee.
When looking at a broader spectrum, organizational skills are not only beneficial for MU students, but also for students in general. A six-week organizational skills intervention was conducted by Loyola University Chicago with fifth-grade students at a public school in suburban Chicago. It revealed that 98% of participating students improved their organizational skills.