By Audrey Lebel
face it, pursuing your education can be overwhelming sometimes! As a current University
College graduate student, I’ve learned the importance of consistent time
management as I completed a graduate certificate and then transitioned to a
master’s degree in Communication Management. Here are some tips from a current student
that may help make your academic experience less overwhelming and more
My number one tip is to meet with your academic advisor early and often — at
least once per quarter. Your academic advisor is a fantastic resource for
discussing opportunities related to your current program. To set up an
appointment with your advisor, contact the Student Support Center at
800-347-2042 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule an appointment
For keeping up with your own time management, keep an eye on important
dates listed on the University College website. This calendar lists notable
events such as registration, holidays, and workshops. Add these dates to your
own calendar as a helpful reminder when planning your schedule.
Take time out of the hustle and bustle of the 10-week term to reach out to your
professors. Whether asking about a specific assignment or the general landscape
of the industry you hope to join, professors can offer meetings via phone or
Zoom to provide feedback and answer questions. Looking at the comments and
rubric from prior assignments is also very helpful when preparing for a final
project. Consult your course syllabus for further information on setting up a
meeting with your professor.
Use the time between assignments to complete your course readings in advance
and when it comes time to do your assignment, take time to absorb the course
content to maximize learning. Give yourself time to think critically about
the content that is provided to you. This time spent brainstorming may give you
insights into how to better your personal or professional life.
Leverage campus resources such as the Anderson Academic Commons when working on
assignments. The “Ask a Librarian”
feature is super helpful! Research consultations
are also available if you have more in-depth questions. These appointments
can be in person, over the phone, or via Zoom.
Effectively managing your time will help you get the most out of your program. Also, everyone operates differently! Develop and stick with strategies and techniques that work best for you.
Audrey Lebel is a current graduate student in
the Communication Management program and serves as a Student Support Specialist
at University College, the college of continuing and professional studies at
the University of Denver.