Studying for engineering is no joke, and especially, if one is studying for engineering math.
With the heavy coursework and syllabus comes brevity. Students are often left gasping for more time to finish their regular academic requirements while juggling with other life issues. And thus, it is no longer about going through the day task-by-task but more about time management.
An effective time management skill is the key to succeeding as an engineering student while enjoying the other aspects of a student life. We have come up with few effective ways for engineering math students to manage their timetable while completing projects and assignments and leaving enough room for fun and frolic. After a thorough research, here are tried and tested management strategies that work for most of us.
The Power Hour
The first few hours of the day are the most impactful with respect to learning and memorizing the content. Hence, they are termed as the Power Hours. Your focus and concentration are at their peak as very less distractions have occupied your mind with. This is a good time to divert your attention to the most important topics of your coursework and syllabus because as the day progresses there could be many other issues that may compete of your attention.
Priorities As Per Calendar
Today’s students are way smarter due to the advent of smartphones. A smart calendar/scheduler will definitely come in handy to prioritize your days, weeks and even months ahead in time, allowing you to go goal-based into your academic year. You have the ability to sort through your daily tasks and schedule based on priority as important, urgent, recreational and so on. This way you will ensure that you are not overdoing or underperforming with respect to your day.
This is an effective time management technique that ensures you don’t burn yourself out from the stress. It is a simple method of alternating work (read study) and plays (read breaks) at regular intervals. For example, if your undivided attention span is 20 minutes, then follow it with a 10-minute break and continue back with a 20-minute study time. You can combine 4 of such study-break combinations and then opt for a longer break (like lunch or video games or even a hangout) and then move on to set 2.
Urgent vs Important
Not everything that is urgent is important and not everything that is important is urgent. Yet, there are few things that may be important as well as urgent. Hence, it’s important to cater to such things at the earliest like appointments, assignment deadlines, etc. And try and put less focus or energy into not-important, not-urgent tasks like youtube or gaming for example.
At MCA, we try out these techniques with students and have had amazing results over the years. The success that we have seen with the students makes learning a fun and exciting process at Manoj Chaudhari’s Math’s Academy.
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