Critical Thinking Essay
In this student success class I have learned four very important skills that will help me not only in my years of college, but also throughout the rest of my life. One of the most important things I learned was time management. Another important skill that I learned was better reading skills. Right next to organization skills and more importantly for me is critical thinking. All of these skills have taught me to study better and in turn get better grades. These are important for a college student to know, and by using them I will be a better student.
For me, one of the most important things I learned in Student Success class was how to manage my time effectively. I am a procrastinator. Then at the last minute, I rush around and try to get everything done. My mother was always nagging me when I was in high school. She would say that I should be doing my homework, but I would ignore her and then not do as good a job as I should have done on my assignments. When I learned in Student Success that by scheduling everything on a calendar or in a planner there is a way to fit all of the many activities I am involved in into my life, I was thrilled. Of course, I have to take the initiative to follow my schedule. Now I spend about 15 minutes every Sunday evening going over my schedule to see what is coming up in the week ahead. This way I remember when my assignments are due, and when I will have time to study. I also immediately write all of my plans down on my calendar so I do not forget anything. Another step I took was to say to my friends’ things like, "Okay. We can go for coffee for an hour, but then I have to go home and study." Luckily, I have supportive friends who, so far, have helped me to stick to my schedule. Now I feel a lot less stress and more organized. I can already see an improvement in my schoolwork too. I will have to be diligent though so that my life does not fall back into the chaos that comes with not having a plan....
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