Bookmark and Share

You Have Time... Use it Wisely!

Time Management

Your Time Broken Down

Academic Time

  • Remember why you are in college: to graduate, therefore academic time comes first.
  • Schedule time for classes.
  • Schedule time for homework with due dates in mind.
  • Schedule time for projects and papers using due dates as a guide.
    • work backwards from the due date to know how much time you need and when to start.
    • Project Calculator can help with planning.
  • Schedule time to study for tests and quizzes beginning at least three days before the test or quiz.
  • Think of entries as appointments that cannot be missed.

Down Time

  • Taking time for you helps you be a better student.
  • Get involved in activities and/or clubs on campus.
    • Be careful of over commitment
    • Activities and clubs come after academics
  • Schedule time to exercise.
  • Use free time to relax.

Sleep Time

  • Sleep is one of the most important things that keeps you on track during college.
  • Lack of sleep can cause numerous health issues:
    • lack of concentration
    • Inability to problem solve or think critically
    • Slowed reaction time
    • Lack of sleep produces many of the same conditions as alcohol intoxication

Self-Awareness Exercise

  • When I try to manage my time, my biggest issue is... (Procrastination, Busyness, Forgotten Deadlines)
  • During the average week, how much time do I invest in different actitivities? (Sleep, Socializing, Studying, Class) 
  • What are my most important commitments? 
  • What am I doing that is not productive?

Tips to Organize your Time

  • Use a weekly schedule to plot your time.
  • Check your planner/calendar daily!
  • Schedule study times at the time of day when you have the most energy.
  • Know when to stop--set realistic goals as to how much you can do in a day.
  • Write "to-do" lists and check off completed items.
  • Prioritize your tasks.
  • Take advantage of down moments to study-between classes, during breaks, etc.  Five minute chunks of time add up!

 Benefits of Time Management

  • You gain time!
  • You reduce your anxiety.
  • You eliminate cramming.
  • You reduce procrastination.
  • You do better in courses.

Time management is a learned skill. Academic Coaches are available through Tutoring Services to assist you with learning skills such as time management that help you be a better student. Stop by RL 30 to request an Academic Coach.

Additional Resource:

 University of British Columbia - Learning Commons