How to plan for scholarship and university success?
Most students simply do not have a plan. They keep all the details in their head or in a journal. It is not scheduled in a calendar. When students create a calendar and plan their work, they have a dramatically higher chance of actually getting the work done. Here’s why:
- They start to think ahead to see what roadblocks might exist
- They get clear on what work needs to be done and by when
- They visually see their work in space and in time - instead of it being jumbled in their head
- They end up seeing where they actually have spare time to complete things, take time for themselves, visit with friends/family
Here is how to plan your schedule:
- You will put all your commitments into your Calendar
- This includes school, bed time, wake up, meals, sports/music practice, social events, family time, homework, study time, scholarship writing time, scholarship submission time
- Live by the rule “If it’s not in your calendar it doesn’t exist.”
- Look up the next scholarship that is due for you in the GrantMe Scholarship Matching App
- In your scholarship writing time, you will write the next scholarship/application essay that is due and submit it to GrantMe for editing (even if it isn’t perfect).
- In your scholarship/application submission time, you will take the feedback from GrantMe and implement it. If you have scheduled time, you may re-submit to improve your odds of winning/getting accepted. Otherwise, submit your scholarship/entrance application
- Here is what a well-planned student calendar looks like:
Student Success Notes
Just like a carpenter learns to use their tools to create better and better houses - a student learns to use their tools to create a better and better life.
The tools of students:
Advantages of keeping a calendar:
- You can easily write notes in each calendar event
- You can invite people to events
- Calendars integrate with event websites and scheduling software. So you can book in GrantMe mentorship calls, but also integrate any other event you've been invited to right into your email.
- You can set reminders so that you never miss anything
- You can set locations for your events, and create notifications for when you need to leave
- You can integrate the event location into your route planning for the day
When you enter the workplace, you'll eventually need to learn this skill. You can either learn it in the thick of things, or you can begin learning it now. You don't have to be perfect to begin. Imagine that you're an apprentice carpenter learning to use the tools. With more effort and repetition, you will improve. With that, your time management will improve, and so will your stress and anxiety about what needs to be done, and by when.