Mastering Princeton's Workload & Pace

The amount and pace of academic work can feel overwhelming at times. Princeton’s compressed semester and instructor’s demanding expectations of students in terms of how much and how well they learn course content coupled with exacting grading standards and criteria contribute to a challenging workload and fast-paced semesters. Creating a routine in which you are regularly preparing for class, learning from assignments, really reading the textbook, and studying along the way requires planning, goal-setting, time and task management skills.

Being purposeful, strategic in your approach to academic tasks and activities and effective and efficient in your use of time and energy are crucial if you are to keep up and create balance during your time at Princeton. Creating a routine in which you are regularly preparing for class, learning from assignments, really reading the textbook, and studying along the way while having fun and taking care of yourself requires planning, goal-setting, time and task management skills. Feeling on top of your work adds to your confidence and to enjoyment of your classes - important elements of academic flourishing.

Because college academics require students to make decision about how, when, where and where to study, it’s beneficial to have someone like an academic life and learning consultant to coach you through the decision-making process, set-up plans and schedules, and create a system to ensure follow through. Being planful in your academic and extra-curricular pursuits will contribute to not only your success, but your satisfaction.

Because time, task and self-management are essential to productive academic engagement and overall wellbeing, McGraw offers workshops which focus on calendaring your semester, creating productive weekly routines, goal-setting and prioritization, and overcoming procrastination. 

Attending tutoring on a weekly basis provides structure and support in keeping up with p-sets and tackling them in a time-efficient manner. Working in group environment will energize you and adds motivation.

No one does Princeton alone. So, while it’s crucial to develop your capacity to be self-directed and independent, it’s equally important to learn to be strategically interdependent, utilize resources, and work effectively with others. Approach study groups as a way to both learn these skills and course material.