I learned many things from Mara Connolly before she left and I would like to share with you guys some of the techniques I use everyday (That I learned from her) to get more organized and on top of things (especially around times like midterms/finals!)
1. Intention. You have to have the intention of success. Everything you do has a reason behind it. There’s no use trying if you dont have a goal to look towards or the means of wanting that goal. Intention means: a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge, or a determination to act a certain way. This step is far more important than things like time management or stress relief because it’s the reason your doing this in the first place and it shows others around you why your striving and working so hard to do it. So with every class, even as far to every assignment: What is your intention? What do you want out of your class, what do you want to learn or convey through your current art piece? Sit down and write out a goal and intention for every class and assignment you get. This step guides you towards the other step easier.
2. Time management. This step could be a post all on its own but I will summarize the steps I take to get towards my goals better. Every Sunday I write down a schedule for myself and I block out time slots with: classes, meetings, meals, workouts, and allotted times for each of my projects and due dates for that week. It gets really busy but it helps me stick to deadlines and get things done. There’s a chart that’s a part of Franklin Coveys time management system that breaks things down to importance and what you need to do or want to do. You don’t need to get on Facebook every hour, emailing a bunch of people takes up more time that you think, and tumblr/blogs (HUGE time waster!! I would know :(…) So its good to stick yourself to a set schedule and let yourself work on a still life for 2 hours, then move on to another project for a few more hours. Don’t forget with every schedule give yourself some down time, an hour to catch up on your blogs, emails, maybe go out to dinner with a friend. This step is honestly the hardest one for me, but it’s helped me gain that extra hour in the day to get more stuff done.
3. Go to the learning center. I went there last semester with all intentions of blowing this place off afterwards, how could another student help me? really? Well I was SO WRONG. I got so much input with my paper it was crazy. Cat helped me see all these mistakes in my writing and move some paragraphs around on my paper so it made more sense. I got an A on that paper, and I now see the light, Now I have a cute robot on my desk too! These guys are a free resource to you and I would suggest giving yourself an hour in your schedule a few days before any paper is due and talk to them.
4. Teachers. Many people complain about their teachers and say things like “Well he just ignores me,” "She doesn't understand what I’m trying to convey,” really, the list goes on. But one of the most important things to you succeeding in any class is constant communication with your teachers. Ask them what extra work you could be doing to grasp their class better. Sit with them after a bad assignment and talk over what could be fixed (sometimes the teacher will let you resubmit for a better grade!) The teachers at RMCAD really do care and they don’t know they are doing anything wrong unless you tell them! Complaining to your friends doesn't fix the problem, but going to the source and non accusingly talking to them can clear up OCEANS and give you more opportunities to improve and shine.
From Kat Z.