At a Glance: Fellow students share tips for saving time, including keeping class materials portable, avoiding multitasking and using Saturdays and Sundays for weekly meal prep.
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We asked University of Phoenix students and alumni on Facebook to share tips for how they find the time to get their degree. More than 80 responses flooded in with tips and tricks for saving time and increasing productivity. Check out some of our favorites below!

John:
I came home from work everyday and knew exactly what I was going to do...read and took notes during the week, went to class on Wednesday or Thursday, rough drafts on Saturday, final drafts on Sunday, and answer discussion questions on Mondays. You only get what you put into it...the facilitator and your classmates can tell. If you take shortcuts...you're only shorting yourself. BTW...graduated with a 3.99 GPA...all while working a full time job in the Air Force.

Linda :
One thing I did that helped was to make sure I read all the text (chapters) for given week. Reading during my lunch hour and before bed throughout the week. This made it easier to write essays or complete assignments in the slot of time I allowed usually on a Friday evening and Saturday morning. Being well versed on the material helped make sure I was prepared to write, it certainly cut down time in writing and made researching topics much easier. As a single mother of four and working full time it was the only way to do it for me. Commencement this Saturday 30th July, BS in Psychology with honors.

Angie:
Don't multi task. Give yourself a set time to accomplish your task. It's amazing what you can accomplish in 60 mins of 100% focus. Keep in mind "do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do"

Doneva: 
My laptop and book bag were kept portable. Much of my studying and paper writing were done in the school parking lot while my son was in ball practice.

Jackie:
I would print off my syllabus and organize what needed to be done at the beginning of the course. I would time manage my time it would take to read, research my materials, and complete my assignments. I would utilize my time efficiently by putting my free time aside and focus on my studies. I put school first above all else, and communicated with my family and friends how important it was to have the responsibility of getting the most out of my education. Getting the support and understanding made it easier for me to focus on my studies and achieve my dreams in my career (Good Time management). I was very active in my Daily questions and communicated often and participated more than required, which only increased my learning experience rather than thinking about only required time I had to respond. I knew that I would have work extra hard to get good grades, and I spent long hours doing my school work and to be a dedicate team member in our learning teams. I have enjoyed UOP as my educational provider and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a student at UOP. Thank You!

Patricia:
Freezing meals once a month and meal prepping on saturday or Sunday. Includes chopping veggies and separating ingredients to ensure i have everything for the week. I also used Wal-Mart curbside pickup and ordered through Amazon to have delivered to my job or house. I also used Dropbox religiously and would download all my course material by course and by week. I would be able to work on assignment from anywhere.

Oscar:
This may sound silly, but sharing my work with others, my sisters and my friends, helped me get a good perspective and alter my direction if necessary. This saves time, and effort, because if one's peers do not review the work, changes are more costly and sometimes an entire piece might have to be redone.


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