Tips for time management

Long-term vision dramatically improves short term decision making.
One goal is to help yourself become aware of how you use your time as one resource in organizing, prioritizing, and succeeding in your studies in the context of competing activities of friends, work, family, etc.

Strategies on using time:
• School term/semester overview - Develop, or plan for, blocks of study time. Some learners need more frequent breaks for a variety of reasons. More difficult material may also require more frequent breaks.

• Place blocks of time when you are most productive, as morning person or night owl!

• Schedule weekly reviews and updates - Sunday night may be an excellent time to review your calendar.

• Be mindful that as deadlines and exams approach, your weekly routine must adapt.

• Prioritize assignments - When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task. For more difficult courses of study, try to be flexible in your approach to success.

• Build in “reaction time” when you can get feedback on assignments before they are due.

• Achieve “stage one” - Get something done.

• Don’t work the details until your assignment concept is fully developed.

• Postpone tasks or routines that can be put off until school work is finished.

• Eliminate, delegate, or delay non-essential tasks as part of prioritizing.

• Develop alternative study places free from distractions to maximize concentration

• Use your “free” time wisely think of times when you can study "bits" as when walking, riding the bus, etc.

• Review notes and readings just before class.

• Review lecture material immediately after class (forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review).

Develop criteria for adjusting your schedule to meet both your academic and non-academic needs
• Create a simple "To Do" list.

• Daily/weekly planner. Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart. If you are more visual, sketch out your schedule.

• First thing in the morning, check what's ahead for the day always go to sleep knowing you're prepared for tomorrow.

• Long term planner. Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead.

• Long term planners will also serve as a reminder to constructively plan time for yourself

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