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Learning to learn, yes in college

Posted By: admin Posted On 4 Aug 2015

I recently purchased a workbook in the youth education section titled “Learning to Learn.” At first, I laughed at myself for even picking up the book because obviously I knew how to learn after being in school for 15 or so years by now.

At the time I picked up the book I was a marketing director for a small business, in a business accelerator program and juggling four classes. In all three cases, no one told me what to do or how to do it. It’s not surprising that I ended up dropping my four classes.

In high school, the teachers tell you exactly what size binder to buy, what color it needs to be and how to label your tabs. Then you’re thrown into the real world at 18 years old, scrambling to figure out how to organize all this stuff.

That’s where this book helps.

One of the first things I learned was to keep a daily “assignment sheet” or “to-do list.” While this sounds like such an obvious thing to do, it isn’t for most kids.

Why keep a daily assignment sheet?

  • It reduces your stress by taking one more thing off of your mind
  • You don’t have to look 1,000 places for your assignments.
  • You’re always prepared for a spontaneous request.

A good thing to keep in mind is assignments are not as clearly stated in college like they are in high school; and so, it is good to pay attention if you have a professor who is less apt to directly tell you an assignment is due. This is also good practice because in the professional world most superiors don’t dish out specific directions for tasks that are just supposed to be done because it’s in your job description.

My personal favorite assignment sheet is from Microsoft Outlook. In my calendar tab, I can choose to print a daily, weekly or monthly style sheet. The daily style sheet is the one I prefer. You can see what it looks like from the photo in this post.

If you do not have access to Outlook there are plenty of great agenda templates on Microsoft.com. I highly suggest you check them out.

You might find that there just isn’t enough time in a day to complete everything that needs to be done. If this is your case then you should visit OnlineClassHelpers.com to learn more about how we can help.