When I tell students about my editing services, a common response I receive is something to the effect of: “I never have time to get my work edited. I always do my assignment at the last minute.” The problem with this common mentality is that it’s common. The last minute scramble is often reflected in the end result. TAs and professors can tell when something is done last minute. Academic success is not always about getting something done, it’s about getting it done well. However, academic success is also dependent upon so many factors. You have your class schedule, assignment deadlines, readings (yes, you should do your readings), exam schedule, and a personal life to maintain. It may seem as though one of those pieces has to fall back. Maybe you decide that you’re going to fall behind on your readings just so that you can stay on track with your assignments. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to keep it all together and on time. And I’m here to help you do just that. Enter the course organizing tool!
I developed this tool for myself when I was facing the same struggles of staying on track. I recognized that there were too many components involved in one course alone. Having to balance all that with 4 or 5 courses in one semester was incredibly overwhelming. Once I started using this tool on a regular basis, I found it to be greatly effective. It allowed me to split up my time effectively while providing a fair amount of focus on each component of each class. When it came to my assignments, I was able to finish them a day in advance. Which meant I could have my work proofread or edited. My productivity boosted and my marks improved significantly. At a glance, you may not be sure how to use this tool. So here are some quick step by step instructions. You can click here to access a printable version of this tool.
Step 1: Plan Ahead
Take a look at your course outlines and mark your assignment deadlines, exam dates, and class schedule on your calendar for each course. Your professors and instructors gave you your course outlines on the first day of class so that you are well aware of what lies ahead. Colour code the items to gather a clear distinction between courses. This first step will allow you to make the proceeding steps a lot more meaningful. You’ll be able to grasp a full picture of how you can use your time.
Step 2: Allocate Your Time
Here is the point when you start to directly use the Course Organizing Tool. There are usually three major components of each course: readings, exams, and assignments. To excel in each component, it is best to dedicate a good amount of time to each one. Decide for yourself how much time you’ll need and how much time you can realistically spend on each aspect of a course. Be sure to schedule yourself for readings in accordance with your class schedule. Complete your readings on the day that falls before your next lecture or seminar. That way you’ll stay on track with what your professor or TA is discussing. When it comes to your assignments, it’s never too early to start. A starting point may even be as simple as coming up with a topic. If you need assistance, you can always get in touch with your professor or TA. That’s what they’re there for. Speaking from a my experiences as a student and TA,it bodes well on your sense of diligence.
Step 3: Follow Through With Your Plan
With the time you’ve spent on planning your time and filling out this tool, you owe it to yourself to put your plan into action! It will take some time to get used to it. Allow yourself at least a few weeks to adjust. Better yet, give yourself at least 21 days because that’s approximately how long it takes to change a habit. Once you do, you may feel a greater sense of control over your time. Whether or not this tool is helpful to you, it is worth giving a try.
I hope you find it to be useful. After my first semester of using it, I couldn’t live without it! Feel free to share it with your friends, roommates, and classmates. Better yet, share this blog with them so that they can benefit as well! When you’re ready to have your assignment edited, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help take your assignment to the next level!