Time Management Tips
Each student has the same amount of time each day to learn and take advantage of what the College offers. What separates students is how disciplined they are and how they utilize their time. Before you start to improve your time management, take into consideration the following steps:
- Be organized! This is the first and most important step. Have your work in folders for each class so you can avoid having your work/papers scattered all over your room.
- Avoid procrastination. We all do this to an extent, but you do not want Long Term Projects becoming Short Term Projects (i.e., working on the project the night before it is due).
- Study Quality versus Quantity. You may hear a fellow student say, “I studied 3 hours straight for the DWC Exam.” It is great that the individual disciplined him- or herself for that amount of time, but your brain is like a sponge … you can only absorb so much information at a time. It is better to study hard in 45-minute bursts and then take a break for a few minutes.
- Review your work as soon as possible. Make sure to go over the material on the day that you have the class (even if it is only for fifteen minutes right after class). By doing so, you will retain the material longer.
- The earlier in the day, the better. Try to do your reading and problem sets (i.e., math, business classes) in the afternoon or early evening. These tasks require more concentration, and, for the most part, you are more alert in the afternoon and early evening than you are later at night.
How To Use Your Assignment Book Effectively
- When you get your syllabi from your classes, make a list of due dates for major assignments in every class (papers, tests, quizzes, and projects). If you have an assignment book, record your assignments in the daily calendar as well. This will give you the opportunity to see, in a glance, what is due monthly, weekly, and daily.
- In the back of your assignment book (or on a blank page), use a ruler and set up a grade log page. This will give you an idea of where you stand in your classes, and it will provide you with a record in the event that your final grade comes into question.
Hold on to all of your homework assignments and any other graded material (have a folder for each course) until you receive your final grade. Mistakes can occur, and grades may be changed as a result. Your records can facilitate this process.
Sample Grade Log Page
- The date of the assignment
- The type of assignment (test, quiz, homework, lab, paper, or project)
- The grade
- Ch. 1 Through 3 9/21 76 (Quiz)
- Homework 9/25 4/5
- Mid Term 10/20 85
- In-Class Paper 9/14 B
- Research Paper 10/15 B+
- Lecture 1-7 9/20 75 (Quiz)
- Paper 10/1 C+
- Proposal 9/21 B
- Proposal 10/16 B
- Presentation 10/18 A-
Time Management Method: The Specified Time Schedule
This method will be effective if you are an individual who needs to have more structure and repetition in your schedule. It is only as effective as you are consistent in using it.
- Click on the Blank Time Management Schedule.
- Block out the times that you will be attending class.
- Block out times for any other routine responsibilities (i.e., dinner, work, laundry, etc).
- After you have blocked out all responsibilities, look at the available time slots and fill some of them in as “study time.”
- Pick the times of the day that you are at your best (i.e., I am a morning/afternoon person, so I would schedule a majority of my study time during those hours).
- It is beneficial to review or study at least one hour for the classes you will be attending that day. If you have math and science classes on Monday, then study at least one hour for math and one hour for science that day.
- It is NOT beneficial to study for long stretches of time. When you break up your study time into segments, you will retain more of the material.
- While figuring out when to schedule study time, make sure that you schedule some down time for socializing and relaxing. If you do this, then you are more likely to follow through with your commitments.
- Click on the Structured Time Management Schedule.
- Once you have made your schedule, commit to following it for a week. After the week make any necessary adjustments to the schedule and continue to follow it.
Note: If you need further assistance, please call Meghan Murray, Associate Director for Student Success and Retention, at 401.865.2679.