One of the worst things students do to their academic progress is that they don't drop a course that they are not ready for.
Do not drop a class without first consulting with your advisor and, if you are on financial aid, without consulting with your financial aid office.
Do not drop a course merely because you think it will put your GPA below some level that you have set--unless the grade will disqualify you for a scholarship
or you are flunking the course. One grade will probably not have a big effect on your overall GPA--and your overall GPA will probably not have any effect on
your life after college. Few employers are about how many times you were on the Dean's List, whether
you graduated with honors, or even what your GPA was. Graduate schools do, of course, look at grades, but many put more emphasis on your GPA for your last 2
years than your first few years. So, your grades in introductory courses will probably not be important. Indeed, there are so many famous psychologists who did
not do well in General Psychology that some have suggested (jokingly???) that
getting an "A" in General Psychology ends any chance of one becoming a famous psychologist.
You need an academic planner/calendar (order one here or
here). Without a planner/calendar, you will probably be constantly falling
behind because (a) you will tend to
greatly underestimate how long things will take, (b) you will put off things
that are important but not due immediately, and (c) when you must devote all your energy to the things that are due immediately for one class, you will
not be doing the work you should be doing in all your other classes. To make good use of your planner,
Immediately fill it in with information from your syllabi. Moving tasks from your syllabus or from your memory to a to-do list
will greatly improve your efficiency--and moving information from a to-do list to your calendar will provide another
big boost to your productivity.
Break down big projects into smaller tasks and to set self-imposed deadlines for those smaller tasks.
Realize, for example, that "writing a paper" involves more than sitting down and writing a paper. You will probably
have to find sources, read those sources, take notes on those sources, add those sources to your bibliography/references list,
outline the paper, write several drafts, and proof your next-to-final draft.
Schedule little tasks (like going over flashcards) for breaks between classes so that holes in your class schedule aren't wasted.
Instead of--or in addition to a planner--you may wish to use one of the apps below: