Time Management Tips for Arts Students

Time Management Tips for Arts Students
Time Management Tips for Arts Students
Arts students — in music, drama, art and design, or a related field — typically have different schedules than students in fields like business, English or communications, due to their long practices, studio classes and/or grading system. Some art teachers may grade students at the end of a long project, for example, instead of giving tests or even taking regular attendance. If you’re having a hard time managing your arts classes because of extra rehearsals or against your more traditionally laid out classes, don’t feel overwhelmed.

First, figure out where you’re losing time: is it at night when you’re normally socializing or studying, or during the day when you should be attending study groups or meeting with professors? Next, decide what’s suffering because of your schedule or time management problems. It could be your social life, a grade in a certain class, your sleep schedule, or even your interest in your art class because you feel too overworked. If you’re afraid that you simply don’t have enough time to fit it all in, visit your academic advisor to find out whether or not you should — or can — drop a class this semester.

If your problem lies more with your ability to organize your schedule, prioritize each day according to what’s most important to you and to your grades, no matter what your schedule actually says. Then, add up about how many hours you’re spending on each class, study group, extracurricular activity, project, or rehearsal. Find out if the time spent on each matches the priority level you assigned each. See if you can rework the balance a little better on your own. If not, talk with your professors to find out how you can ease the strain of your creative work so that you don’t fall behind everywhere else. Changing your study habits to more effectively match your study style — like visiting a professor during office hours for 15 minutes each week or dropping out of your study group — may help you understand the material faster, and give you more time for other things. Practice rearranging your schedule until you’ve found the balance that makes you happy and keeps your grades up.

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