What’s the most important skill for success in college? In my opinion, it’s self management. That means having a system that you use to capture, review, and respond to important information on a daily basis. In other words, take a cue from Santa Claus and make a list and check it twice (or more often). Being accountable, reading and responding to email, using a calendar, and making lists of tasks and reminders are powerful habits for success.
Here are some recommended apps and tools to get you started:
- A small paper notebook that you carry with you at all times along with a pen
- The Notes or Reminders app on your smartphone
- Todoist (To Do List app)
- Google Calendar
- Outlook app (computer or smartphone)
Published by Elisa Koehler
Elisa Koehler is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Formerly the Director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College and the Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, she is a professional conductor, trumpeter, and author. Dr. Koehler has performed on both modern and period instruments with the Bach Sinfonia, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Baltimore’s Bach Concert Series, and as the leader of Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band. Her publications include two books: Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman & Littlefield), numerous articles on historic brass for the ITG Journal, and new performing editions of the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concerti for Carl Fischer Music. She was named a Distinguished Alumna by the University of Tennessee in 2009 and elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild in 2017. In 2014 Dr. Koehler received Goucher College's highest faculty honor, the Caroline Doebler Bruckerl Award, which recognizes an exemplary faculty member in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service. She earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and bachelor’s degrees in both music education and performance from Peabody.
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3 thoughts on “A College Student’s Guide to Getting Organized”
Thanks, Elisa! I have also started to use the Bear app to capture writing ideas, etc. That way they don’t get lost in the fray 😉
Thanks, Brooke! The post is just a draft so I’ll be adding a lot more content soon (had to get something started to meet a deadline). I’ll be sure to include the Bear app. Hope all is well with you!
Yes, you as well!