Monday, November 23, 2015

Time To Time Manage

Maybe you’re like me and you have 5 assignments due in one week. Or maybe you’re not, but you still have several deadlines coming up. Either way, time management is extremely important for dealing with these stressful periods, when essays are being assigned and exams are just around the corner. I know that managing your time is not always easy, there are so many aspects to it. But fear not, I have compiled some steps you can take to effectively manage your time. 

Set Goals!                                                   
Setting goals allows you to know where you are going and what actually needs to get done. Remember to always be specific when outlining your goal, this way you can measure how much progress you’ve made and exactly how much you have left to get done. This makes it easier to allocate the right amount of time to the task!
Check out our Goal Setting Tip Sheet for more information

I know from my own experience, that when I do not manage my time well, I end up spending more time on lower priority work and then I find myself with very little time to finish those big assignments. Prioritizing is the best way to deal with this issue.  Determining which task is the most important makes it easier to determine which assignments to allocate more time to. This goes hand in hand then with your goal setting, because you’ll know which assignments need more time, and goal setting will tell you how much time. 

Manage Distractions…
I think we all know that social media is the biggest interruption, I constantly find myself checking my phone while I’m working on an assignment. Try experimenting with different ways of staying away from social media, and see which one works for you. One thing I do to mitigate the social media distraction, is put my phone on ‘do not disturb’ and this way I don’t get notifications and do not feel the need to check my phone. 

Stop procrastinating
“I’ll get to it later!” – Too many of these and you’ll find yourself finishing an assignment the day before it’s due. Procrastination is something I know I myself struggle with regularly but from personal experience, the best place to start is to acknowledge that you are in fact procrastinating. From there you can look into ways to get out of the habit of procrastinating…
In fact we have a Tip Sheet for that!

Schedule your week… and your day!
Now that you’ve already figured out your goals, and you’ve prioritized these goals, you just need to put them into a schedule. This way you can see how much time you have allocated to each task and you can have something to help you make sure that you’re on track to complete these tasks! You can use an agenda or daily planner to do this, in fact SCSU (Scarborough Campus Student Union) gives out agendas for free at their office.
You can also use our Daily Task Planner to schedule your day

And finally, I have just one more Tip Sheet for you to check out. It’s our own time management tip sheet. It even has a self-assessment you can do to see where your time management skills are at now and what you need to improve on. 

Good luck will all of those assignments!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad

Have you always wished of travelling abroad and studying with a scenic view of Paris in the background, or take a trip down the Great Wall of China during a study break? Consider Studying Abroad! UTSC offers several opportunities for students to take courses at various institutions worldwide. There are also internships and research placements available at several universities. The International Student Centre is the primary resource centre that assists in matters related to studying abroad. You can consult with staff on the application process, the costs involved, and how to choose which program to get involved with. Several resources and programs for studying abroad offered by UTSC are outlined below.

The Study Exchange Program is a great opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture, and UTSC has partnered with more than 125 universities worldwide so there’s many options to choose from! There are partner institutions worldwide that offer research placements as well as regular courses in the summer and throughout the year. If you’re looking to just do a summer abroad, the Summer Abroad Program offers several courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science to complete towards your degree for the duration of the summer semester (May to August). Many students prefer this program because the duration of the program is shorter and University of Toronto professors teach courses abroad, so the grades for these courses would show up on your transcript and count towards your cumulative GPA. If you’re a language student or even looking to gain experience in French, The Centre for French & Linguistics offers several studying abroad opportunities to learn French.  A few popular programs that students participate in is Explore, in which you can learn a language at an institution in Canada. UTSC also offers Study Elsewhere sessions in France, Belgium, and Switzerland for learning French.