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Time Management for students
Transcript of Time Management for students
Create a term schedule on a calendar
Create a weekly schedule
Make daily “To-Do” lists
Organize your files
Use study space for studying only
Have a comfortable chair & good lighting
Make sure there's proper air movement
Set up hanging files into which you can place file folders
Label the file folders according to content or course title
Have a filing box or cabinet for labeled files
Put materials in the files – don’t let them accumulate elsewhere
Keep personal records separate from school materials
Tape a copy of your study schedule inside the front cover of each binder (or put into a plastic sleeve and put at front of binder)
Punch holes in any papers you get in class.
Use loose-leaf paper for taking notes
Date all paper and electronic notes so they can be put in order
Organize your space
Have enough space for spreading everything out
Phone off the hook/off limits/on answer for duration of your study block
You are off limits until next study break – this includes kids, roommates, pets, girl/boyfriends
Post your study schedule to wall near the desk
Have a specific place for pens, pencils, rulers, highlighters
Make back-up copies of important materials
Designate specific drawers or shelves for exclusive storage of school materials
Identify external & internal distractions
Organize your space
What is it?
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished.
This can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt among students.
Procrastination has a high potential for painful consequences.
It interferes with the academic and personal success of students.
Poor time management
Finding the task boring
Fear of failure
Recognize self-defeating problems such as fear, anxiety, indecisiveness, poor time management
Identify goals, strengths, weaknesses, values you have
Discipline yourself to manage your time
Study in small blocks of time
Set realistic goals
Motivate yourself - be positive
Reduce environmental distractions - noise, lighting, air; have everything at hand
- post in prominent place for paper version
- make your electronic schedule the background for your phone or tablet
Use sticky notes & put in wallet, on phone, in binder
Be sure that these items are in line with your priorities & have no more than 5 in a day
Choose your top 3-5 priorities in life - most important things get slotted into your schedule first.
ex. Family, work, school, volunteer work, fun
Determine your peak periods of concentration (morning, afternoon, or evening) and study the hardest subjects at that time
Buy or create e-folders for each of your courses
Label each folder for the name of the course
Create a subfolder COMPLETED/CORRECTED ASSIGNMENTS
Create a subfolder ASSIGNMENTS TO TURN IN
Create a subfolder MISCELLANEOUS
Place all materials you want to keep (quizzes, syllabi, reports, reading lists) in the appropriate subject category (scan anything you don’t have a e-copy of if you are keeping strictly e-records)
Put dates on all materials and place them in the correct section in chronological order
Remember to make Back-ups!
Make yourself unavailable when you study
turn off the phone; yes the actual 'off' button, not the sleep button
put out a do not disturb sign
unplug the TV
download research first and then turn off wireless/Internet access when writing a paper
Use time between activities
Do readings & review notes between classes & on the bus
Review flashcards in line at Tims
Study in one hour time blocks
Write down anything that distracts you & put it aside for later. It will stop bugging you once it's written down
Start with short tasks. It gets the ball rolling.
Study one subject in an evening. Don't break your concentration up between two big projects.
Notice that family & relaxation
are scheduled too.
Let people know your schedule &
stick to it. They & you will adjust.
If something doesn’t work – try something else – don’t just give up
Periodically, re-analyze where you spend your time & adjust your schedule
Unexpected things happen in life & priorities change
Small changes can be managed
Large changes need to be talked about with someone you trust & all your options explored
Electronic versions look more like this. They are easier to update & can include alarms/alerts letting you know when it's time to move on to the next task.
There are many different apps available for computers, tablets, & phones, such as iStudiez or Studious
Here's an example of a print calendar
Here's what a paper version would look like
Electronic calendars can help you keep track of upcoming assignments using to-do notes, project lists and alerts
Only school work is shown. Major life & work projects/events should also be added.
Fill in weekly blocks of time taken up by your top 3-5 priorities
at least 2 hours of study time per course outside of class
work & volunteer shifts
Prezi by Meagan Morash
Fairbank Memorial Library
Making papers & projects easier to finish
Breaking assignments into manageable chunks makes it easier to focus on the content and easier to avoid procrastination
ASSIGNMENT TIME MANAGEMENT
Value of assignment - % of total marks
The lower the value (%), the lower the priority = less time you should spend on it
Length of assignment - # of pages or minutes
The longer the assignment, the higher the priority = more time spent on it
Break task into parts:
4-5 page paper
8-10 page paper
Introduction 1/4 page 1/2 page
Point 1 1.5 pages 2 pages
Point 2 2 pages 2 pages
Point 3 1 page 2 pages
Point 4 - 2 pages
Conclusion 1 paragraph 1/4 page
For more help on this topic, you can drop by or contact
The Academic Learning Centre
Fairbank Memorial Library
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