When it comes to attending the College of Pharmacy at Roseman University, we find that most students benefit from developing strong organizational skills to help them throughout the program. There is a lot of time management that goes into completing our program successfully, so here are five tips to help you excel:
- Get a Planner
Planners are organizational tools that have stood the test of time. When you can visualize your workload in a physical or electronic planner, you can better understand how you need to allocate your time.
- Block Out Times For Studying
Studying is what will make or break you in the PharmD program. You’re going to need to block out portions of your planner for study periods to achieve success in this program. At Roseman, we pass you only if you receive a 90% or higher in our classes, so it is imperative for you to show up to exams with a working knowledge of all parts of the material being tested.
- Keep Your Materials In One Place
Just as you need to allocate time in an organized manner, you also need to systemize your materials for each class. Whether it’s in binders or folders or stored via electronic management systems, having all of your materials in one place will allow you to study more effectively, participate in class, and learn.
- Establish a Morning and Night Ritual
Systematic organization begins with a good routine — that’s why we suggest establishing a morning and night routine that bookends your days. Try waking up 10 or 15 minutes earlier to allow yourself to ease into your day. At night, try to always take a shower or drink a cup of tea. These habits will help you establish rituals, which, in turn, will begin to ritualize other habits like studying or exercise.
- Use a Task List
Having a running task list is one of the best things you can do to get ahead in pharmacy school. We suggest that you try to limit yourself to five items or fewer to complete for a day. These lists will allow you to visualize the completion of specific tasks and also force you to weigh out the importance of the items on your to-do list.