Elise Rhodes, an assistant director for academic skills services at the Student Success Center, helps students from freshmen to doctoral students maximize their abilities and time. Better use of time is one key – which is why there’s a bulletin board just as you enter McIver Building about time management skills. It includes a sample student’s schedule – with every day completely planned. The SSC’s Learning Assistance Center Resource Lab, available to all students, is the first door on the right. How did she become a teacher of academic skills? “I was originally a nurse in New York state, for 11 years,” she says. She’d grown up on a college campus, where her father was an administrator. She liked helping students, and took additional courses after a decade of nursing, and eventually worked with a program helping STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students. She eventually became instructional services coordinator at Clayton State University in Georgia. She joined UNCG a year ago. She is often in the lab working one-on-one with students. She and others in the lab do workshops for many classes, such as UNS classes, on time management and note taking. “We’ll be very busy the first month of the year,” she says. Any professor wanting the center to do a workshop for their class can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She personally works with lots of nursing students, she says – she can relate with them in a unique way, with her nursing background. She explains that students may have family responsibilities, work responsibilities, etc. All students are unique. But staying organized is helpful for everyone.
Tips for students for better time management
- Establish a weekly schedule. And follow it. Put the time you wake up, go to bed, your meals, classes. And also study time. Become automatic with your study time.
- Know your most productive time of day for study time. If you’re not a night person, don’t wait until 9 at night. You’ll not get anything done.
- Find a way to avoid procrastination. And stick to a schedule. But first, make a schedule.
- Learn how to say No. Don’t overextend. And don’t feel guilty about saying No.
- Leave some time for fun. Keep time for yourself and relaxation. But don’t overdo it. If you want to go to a movie, make it a reward after you study… People often do it backwards.
Faculty, staff and students can find out more about what the Learning Assistance Center offers at success.uncg.edu/lac.