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Time Management for Success in College
Most college students have anything but spare time. With heavy class
loads, family and work responsibilities, peer study group sessions,
homework, practice, club and support group meetings, physical
exercise and relaxation time, getting rabies shots for the pets, taking
care of unexpected crises like, the hot water heater flooding the
house, and still having time for good plain fun--time management
becomes an essential part of the life-style for a successful learner.
One thing that really helps with time management is having a daily
schedule. Here are some tips.
Why Schedules Are Important
1. They allow you to focus on the effective use of time.
2. They can motivate you to "get to work."
3. They can help you eliminate distracting and nonproductive
4. They provide you with "guilt free" time for fun and relaxation.
5. They can help you develop a sense of competence and confidence.
6. They let you get more done with less time and effort--if you follow
What To Put On Your Schedule
1. The meeting time of your classes and labs.
2. Your work hours.
3. Study time for each of your classes.
4. Time for anything you need or want to do.
5. Time for socializing with friends and family.
6. House cleaning, laundry, and shopping time.
7. Eating, grooming, and physical exercise time.
8. Wake-up and bedtime.
9. Library time.
10. Flexible time.
11. Club and meeting times.
12. Fun and relaxation time.
13. Telephone and TV time.
14. Peer group study time.
Important Things to Remember When Making a Schedule
1. Schedule inflexible time first--like class time, work hours, and
that special TV program that you love to watch.
2. Be realistic about how long an activity will take.
3. Plan relatively short study sessions, 50 minutes or so followed
by a ten minute break or new activity. But, be sure in the end to
plan enough study sessions to learn what you need to learn.
4. Schedule study time for each of your classes on a regular
basis-daily or every other day. Psychologists have researched the
topic and have found that distributed practice (brief learning
sessions at regular intervals) is much more effective than mass
practice (studying the same subject for long periods of time or
cramming just before an assignment is due).
5. Schedule fun activities following study sessions so that you are
rewarding yourself for using your time wisely.
6. You may have to eliminate some of the things you want to do--but
don't eliminate all the fun, or all the work. Allow flexibility in your
schedule and find a good balance.
Beware Of These Schedule Eaters
-Talking with friends during time scheduled for other things.
-Talking on the telephone and telephone interruptions.
-Watching television during time scheduled for other things.
-Daydreaming, sleeping, procrastinating, and worrying during
scheduled time. If you need to worry, schedule time for it.
Daydreaming and sleeping are important for your mental health. Allow
time for them in your schedule.
"Time Management for Success in College"
Prepared by Lester A. Lefton, Laura Valvatne, and Sarah A. Rundle.
Copyright 1992 by Allyn and Bacon.