Organization and Time Management


With midterms finally done, it’s easy to forget about obligations for a while and take a breather. It may feel like you have all the time in the world to relax and think about Thanksgiving. But keep in mind – once we come back from Thanksgiving, finals are right around the corner. With less than a month left of the semester, here are a few tips on organization and time management that will help you get through this last month, and the impending doom which is finals week. 

Think about registration!

With registration coming up, it’s vital that you take time to do the things that need to be done in order to get cleared.

  • Start thinking about courses early on. Begin going through the course catalog: this handy-dandy book will be your academic bible for the next four years at American University.
  • Research the gen eds you want to take – but make sure you plan out alternatives. There’s always a possibility that the course you want to take could be filled up by the time you go to register. So keep that in mind and make sure you have a few alternatives to choose from.
  • Speak with your academic advisor and attend a pre-registration workshop. These are mandatory, so you must complete both of those tasks in order to be cleared for registration.

If you have any further questions about registration, make an appointment with your peer advisor, or go to Peers in the Perch on November 22 from 8pm – 10pm. This event would be very helpful if you are unsure of the university requirements, if you just do not know which courses to take next semester, or if you are unsure of how to use the new system.

Start studying for finals.


It may feel like finals are so far away, but in reality there are only a few weeks left of the semester. Start studying now, so that later on work won’t become too overwhelming.

A good strategy would be to create study guides, flash cards, etc.  before you to home for Thanksgiving break. That way, when you come back, all you’ll have to do is review the material. If you have final papers due or projects coming up, get a head start on those as well. After Thanksgiving break there is only one week left of classes!

Make a schedule.

Closeup calendar page with drawing-pins

Sometimes just seeing everything that you need to get done visually helps with organization. Keeping a to-do list or making a calendar is also recommended. Staying organized during finals week is a must, especially when millions of projects are due.

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