3 Effective Time Management Tips For Law Students
Every law student must realize that the study of law requires that they be masters of their life and effective organizers and managers of their time. And given the non-stop nature of most law undergraduate programs, any potential slip up in time management on any law student’s part could have a knock on effect on their academic life with their grades finally taking a beating.
One misplaced text book or class attire on the morning of lecture could be the reason you waltz in late in class half-unkempt. You would no doubt have missed out on vital aspects of that mornings lecture for arriving late and if this behavior should continue you may become notorious with your lecturers and perhaps even ending your semester on an ignorant high.
While some law lecturers may be lenient enough to let you into their class when you arrive late, others will not. Some will demand that students be sat 10 to 15 minutes before their arrival and if you do come late by only a minute you’ll be locked out. Just imagine if an important assessment test had been scheduled that morning, you’ll have missed out.
So to avoid the scenarios above, follow the simple steps below to manage your time and be better organized as a student.
(1) Be organized
Let things have their set place. Keep your books and class attire at set locations in your room to avoid misplacing them. That way you won’t waste your time throwing a search party the following morning for misplaced items. Your handouts and other course material can quickly become an avalanche of disorganization. To avoid this, you should begin a binder for each course and file away all paper work immediately.
(2) Plan your day the night before.
Never jump into bed without drawing up a concrete plan for the day ahead. Haven’t you realized the reason why you spend most days on a rigmarole? That is because you didn’t plan your day the night before and you got overwhelmed by too many unplanned activities. You might even wake up feeling very vague about how to go about your day. Through planning your day, you can better structure your time and decide the activities that are worth your time and those that are not.
(3) Keep a to-do list
As an extension of point 2, you should incorporate a to-do into your planning. Write down a comprehensive list of the things you’d want to do the following day. This will help you eradicate the vagueness you feel on certain mornings. It will also help you mind-map your important tasks while also avoiding unnecessary involvements. You’ll wake up each day with an unerring sense of mission and direction. This was one of my personal secrets back then in my days in school and I used it to great effects as I’ve revealed earlier in the Life of An of An Undergraduate. Go give it a try and come tell me if it didn’t work, though I doubt that.
Patrick Herbert is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of Law Student Hub. He is an LL.B. Law graduate from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a life enthusiast, a budding writer and internet entrepreneur. Patrick is deeply passionate about law and research and has inspired many with his thought-provoking articles. To get in touch, follow him on social media.