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Transcript of Time Management
Effective Time Management
Class Exercise :)
Where does it go?
For every hour in class you should be spending 2 hours studying
15 credit hours : 15 x 2
15 hours in class
+ 30 hours studying
= 45 hours per week
Unique College Environment
No Direct Supervision
Increased Academic Demands
Big Rocks First
Rocks in a Jar Analogy
Big Rocks Last
Examples of "Big Rocks"
What are your big rocks/priorities?
Part of effective time management is ensuring that your priorities always come first.
What does this analogy have to do with
Successful Students/People know:
why they are here
what they want to accomplish
List Short and Long Term Goals
1. "Why am I attending college?"
2. "What do I want to accomplish in college?"
Start out listing all of the goals that come to your mind.
Review them and come up with your 5 most important goals
Write them down and keep them where you can easily refer to them.
Remember to have 5 short term (week/month/semester) goals and 5 long term (yearly or college career) goals
Specific, concrete, measurable
Realistic: Challenge not defeat
Balance: Both academic and personal life
Editing or altering is okay
Perfection is not required
Just maintaining is appropriate
Luck is not a factor
Get at least B+ and attend all classes
Get on the E board of a club by graduation
Find 5 References
Most important and/or most difficult and requires the most thinking
Less important and/or easier and requires less thinking
Must schedule a balanced diet of tasks and break up all the meat tasks
Time Killers: Waste your time without your permission
"I was writing a paper 20 minutes ago...how did I end up on facebook, stalking a girl I haven't seen since grade school?"
Those wasted minutes add up
Tip: Remove the time killers before they are able to distract you
Half of the stress of a task comes from worrying about it.
Don't waste time worrying-just start it.
Work expands to fit the time allotted for it
1 hour of focused productive work >
3 hours of "busy" unfocused work
Go through syllabus and write due dates AND start dates
Break up big tasks into smaller tasks
Include club meetings and other school commitments
Include big weekends but keep mostly academic
Write down class times, labs, meetings, exercise
See where you have available time
Use extra time to schedule in study blocks
Make use of those small blocks of time (e.g. in between classes)
Daily/Weekly To Do List
Do at breakfast or night before
Use semester and weekly planner to record any commitments for the day/week
Don't forget to stick to those start dates
The Almighty Syllabus
Write down due dates
Take each big exam or paper and break it down into smaller tasks with their own start and due dates
Use chart to record other important info like professor's office hours, attendance policy, and late work policy so there are no surprises
Time Management Strategies
Utilize Intense Study Time (3-5 per day)
Plan 30-50 min intense study periods
Study with focus and action (30-50min)
Break (10 min)
Interact with the material in multiple ways
Best way to master the material is to teach it
Create new questions
Schedule Your Study Time
To get the most out of your classes:
the material before class:
Look over headings, italicized words, definitions, graphs
2. Be an active participant in
The preview will make you more confident to ask questions or make comments
Take detailed notes
after class (
Look over notes
Make note of anything confusing
Use daylight hours wisely (greater concentration)
Make routine of study period (less likely to break it)
Louisiana State University. (2007). Time Management Workshop. Retrieved from http://appl003.lsu.edu/cas/learningjourney.nsf/ LiveSlide/2EFE7067F15C15718625709200594ACC?OpenDocument
Dartmouth College. (2008). Academic success videos: Time management. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/videos/video_tm.html
E Schwartz. (2012). The time diet. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://timediet.wordpress.com/blog/
What Time Management in College Looks Like [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dlEteb4E8g
Today you've learned about managing your time and goals and also some study tips.
Look at the first exercise on how you spent your time yesterday. Now use what you've learned today and make an ideal schedule for tomorrow.
preview and review times for each class
intense study sessions
balanced diet of meat, veggies, and dessert
What did you spend the most time on?
Were you efficient with your time?
Did you realize anything about how you spend your time?
But What's the Point?
First steps in becoming efficient with time management are:
Getting used to scheduling your time
Seeing if you are making good use of your time
Good time management will allow you to figure out how to fit those 45 hours into your week