How to Manage Life as a Student


College life is both exciting and challenging at the same time. A lot of students feel like they are walking a tightrope due to the many activities vying for their time and attention. It can get overwhelming trying to juggle your studies, spiritual and social life and still maintain your sanity. This is further worsened by bad habits such as procrastination and improper time management. These habits can affect your grades and educational goals. Therefore, it is important to find the right balance between your studies and your social interactions.

Here are 5 tips to help you manage your student life:

1. Get Organized

One effective way to control your schedule is to get organized. Despite its simplicity, getting organized may prove to be challenging for most people especially those who have a tendency to be disorganized. Habits are hard to change but the rewards of doing so are worth the effort. The first step to achieving this is making a note of the things that you need to do and when you want them to be done. This can be accomplished successfully by using a spreadsheet program, a calendar or a planner.

Documenting academic commitments, assignments, and events will make it easier to keep track of everything and help you stay organized. Another way to be orderly is to plan for the next day by selecting what to wear, getting your books and assignments in order and setting an alarm to wake you up on time. This will help in eliminating the morning rush and allow you to get an early start on your day. Finally, reducing clutter in your room will help minimize the risk of losing important documents.

2. Prioritize Tasks

Prioritizing tasks will help you complete them faster and also ensure that the most important work is done first. Therefore, identify important items and label or arrange them in order of urgency. As a student, your most important task is your academics. Put your studies first and be committed to ensuring that you get the best grades.

3. Set Goals

Set clear cut goals to help you improve your focus and allow you to be more productive. By setting goals, you create a clear vision of what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it. Goals should be realistic and attainable. If you set unrealistic goals, you might end up wearing yourself out and feeling disappointed. If you set them too low, you will end up with so much time on your hands and you will not have fully explored your potential. Setting goals should not be limited to your academic life only but should also include other aspects of your campus life. You are more likely to stay committed if you set clear-cut goals.

4. Stress Management

An overly busy schedule will most definitely result in stress. Stress affects your physical and mental health and makes you less productive. Therefore, one needs to come up with effective stress management techniques to make stress tolerable. Some of the key aspects of stress management are getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthy and practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing.

In addition to this, avoid taking on too much and ask for help when you need it. The campus is filled with so many resources and people who are willing to help. You can also visit to get help with your essay assignments. This will reduce your burden and give you some time to relax and unwind as well as give you time to concentrate on other tasks.

5. Know When to Quit

When things get overwhelming, then it is time to make some drastic changes to your schedule. This means cutting back on activities that are not so important in the grand scheme of things. You can also consider dropping a class to salvage the others.


Being a student can put a lot of pressure on someone. Being independent, away from adult jurisdiction will bring about overwhelming choices. With so much to do, these tips will help you manage your time well and prevent you from experiencing burnout.

Got any other tips on how to manage life as a student? Feel free to share them in the comment section.

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