Concepts to Help You Manage Your Schedule
• Use a planner. Or use your cell or iPod calendar
• Put aside time for studying. Really. Schedule time
An Overview • Assume to have 2 to 3 hours of studying for hour
you spend in class.
– This may not be the case for every class, but is a good
• Build a routine, find a time that works for you and
try not to change it.
– If you make studying a regular habit it will no longer
seem as a chore.
– Location is important, too.
• Use small pieces of time.
– Not all studying has to be done in hour long blocks.
Even just fifteen or twenty minutes of focused
studying can be very helpful.
– Consider this…what do you ever do for four hours
– Shorter, focused, quality studying is better than
lengthy, poor quality studying.
• Do not procrastinate.
– Deadlines can approach very quickly. Once you fall
behind, it generally takes more work to catch up than
originally studying would have required.
Simple Scheduling Exercise
Try to keep a DAILY schedule.
• Should be similar to a “to do” list.
• Assign priorities to each activity and
then make sure that you finish your
most important items.
Directions: • Make sure to continue to add to it
as new items come up.
Spend some time plotting your day,
then your week, then your semester.
The goal is to obtain a better • Spread large tasks over
understanding of how day-to-day multiple study periods.
activities relate to semester • Read 10 pages a night for a
accomplishments, and vice versa. week instead of 70 pages all at
• You can visualize when your
Use that understanding to PLAN busiest times will be, and plan
MANAGE your time. accordingly.
With a little panning, you CAN find
time to get everything done! SEMESTER Schedule
• Mark down tests and quizzes.
• All this information should be on
• Plot out what weeks will be the most
• Semester or Holiday Breaks?
• Refer to this schedule if you are
having difficulty prioritizing tasks.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Time
• Start projects as soon as they are
– You should try to start large
assignments as soon as possible so you
do not have to rush through them as
the due date approaches.
– This approach will be less stressful
because it will allow you the time to
complete the work to the best of your
• Divide a large task into smaller,
– Working a half hour a day on a project
for eight days is easier than trying to
do it all in a four hour block.
Getting the Most Out of Your Time
• You should attend all your classes.
– Listening to lectures from a real
person is more helpful than simply
reading information from the text.
– Remember, you are paying for
lecture time…get what you pay for!
• Use your time wisely.
– Try to use breaks in your schedule to
accomplish tasks (errands, review
– Make sure you set aside enough
time to finish schoolwork and other
– Consider your workload…is working
25 hours a week and taking 16
– What is the best use of your time?
– What is a poor use of your time?
How to Find Even More Time
• Examine your preferences and priorities.
– What you want to do versus what you need to do.
– You want to achieve a manageable balance between the two.
• Do not let social activities cut into your class work time.
– While having a life outside of classes is important, remember that
activities are the secondary reason you attend college.
• If you have trouble finding time to study it might be because you
have over-extended yourself.
– Too many extra-curricular activities.? It might be best to limit the
time spent in clubs and groups if you truly cannot find time to study.
– If possible, take a week off from such activities and see if your newly
opened schedule gives you time to study.
• You can also decrease work hours during finals, midterms or
other high stress times.
• How about a Sunday evening “prep” session?
– What does your week look like?
– Can you prepare something now to save time later in the week?
• Also consider shorter breaks.
– Would coming back from Spring Break a couple days early help you?
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Procrastination
• Start assignments NOW.
• Go to class TODAY…and tomorrow.
• Don’t wait until “later”. What if
something else is happening “later”?
• Organize projects into simple tasks.
– Do the harder tasks first while your
motivation is high.
– Easier tasks take less time and energy!
• Set a deadline for yourself…stick to it.
– Be specific. “Next week” isn’t good
– Recruit your friends/family. They’ll ask
you about progress.
Resources To Get You Started
• Weekly Scheduling Grid
– Take an honest look at how you spend your time.
– Don’t forget to add Facebook and Xbox time.
• “HOW TO” create your Microsoft Outlook calendar.
– Use your laptop to keep you on task.
• Sample week schedule
– How does yours compare?
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