Why Time Management Is The Secret Of Academic Success

Girls and boys, it is time to face reality. The exam dates are out and the “why bother, tomorrow is another day” attitude may not be the best idea anymore. Things need to be done. And time needs to be managed.

How to efficiently use my time is one of the major things I’ve learned so far during my stay in Ireland. Not only because studying in a foreign language requires a different study approach and definitely more time, but also because I want to make the most of the two months I still got left in Limerick.

Starting with my assignments soon enough enables me to dedicate more time to each of them, more time and more patience. With a clear head I can produce results of higher quality than in a late-night-coffee-boost-I-need-to-get-it-done-by-tomorrow session. No doubt we have all been there. But it is time to learn from our mistakes.

Is there an ideal approach?

Well, it is all about identifying one’s study-type. It took me a few semesters, a lot of coffee, chocolate and frustration to discover mine. Generally, I tend to invest a lot of time in each task and I can concentrate best during the late afternoon. For memorizing I need complete silence, writing essays is easier with some piano music. I therefore learned how to structure my schedule around this.

And it works! I can’t complain about my marks and even though my free time is almost non-existent towards the end of the semester, it is worth it. In the end, studying is a full-time job. We must not forget that.

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When you realise that your plan is actually working…

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The Moment When You Turn Into A Personal Brand

What do Coca-Cola, Apple and You have in common? It is this one question from my lecture on “Interaction, Relationships and Networks” that inspired me to make my mind up about something I’ve never really considered important – personal branding.

Well, the answer is pretty straightforward. Just like an iPhone or a bottle of Coke, our chances in the market depend on how we market ourselves. Just as Apple or Coca-Cola represent strong brands in their respective industries, so should we while hunting for jobs.

  • What do I stand for?
  • How do I want to be seen by possible employers?
  • How am I selling myself?

It is time for some reflection on core values, strengths and an increasingly demanding labour market. I am happy about the incentive and the insight that reflection is not only important inside university. How academic it might feel, this is true life. I know I tend to forget that while sitting inside these big walls.

To dive into the topic this guide about How to build your personal brand has helped me a lot as well as Peter Montoya’s book The Personal Branding Phenomenon. Everything I learned in this lecture is definitely going to help me for future job applications.

Maybe it could help you, too!

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