You Have Time... Use it Wisely!
Your Time Broken Down
- 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.
- a 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.
- 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 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
- 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.