Time Management For Students: Five Great Tips

Most college advisors and teachers will tell you that you ought to spend two to three hours a week of at-home study time for every hour that you have class each week.

With everything else that you have going on , this can be a very daunting expectation. Especially when you coach wants you to work out for two hours a day, your voice teacher insists that you sing for half an hour, your friends want you to go bowling and your parents need you to sing “Happy Birthday” to your little brother.

With all of the different things you have going on, it can be difficult to stay on task and keep all of your priorities straight. Here are a few tips time management tips for students on how to get through your day and your semester as seamlessly as possible.

  • Consolidate your planner: Whether everything you have to do is on a task manager on your phone, you have a color coded and alphabetized notebook or you have each of your to-do’s scrawled out in a language that only you can understand. Which of these that you choose it entirely up to you, but make sure that you pick one and stick to it. If you have one planner for work, one for school, one for extra-curricular activities and one for your social life, it is easy for things to get lost in the shuffle. To make things easiest, consolidate each of your schedules into one planner or calendar. Make sure that whichever medium you choose, it is something that you can look at each day or carry with you to make changes to your schedule. That way, you are sure that nothing gets forgotten.
  • Decide what matters: When you are deciding how to manage our day, make sure you focus on tasks that actually have value. While I do love the feeling of checking things off on my to-do list, it is important to remember that things on your to-do list should be things that matter. Do not fill up that list with a bunch of tasks that have no real value.
  • Make a “big picture” plan for your semester: Sometimes you feel like your semester has only just begun and then all of a sudden it is time for midterms. You definitely do not want to be caught by surprise with three twenty page papers and a test that is worth half of your grade. To make sure you are keeping yourself on track try to create a calendar full of all of the large-scale assignments and commitments that you have for the semester. This includes all of your tests, papers, projects, important meetings and extra curricular activities.
  • Start with the subjects that you like the least: When you are planning your study sessions it is most effective to start off with the subjects that you like the least. If you start with the subject that you enjoy most, you will probably end up spending more time than you need to on that subject and losing motivation by the time you get to the class that you are struggling with or that you don’t enjoy as much.
  • Build rewards into your schedule: You have to work hard so that you can play hard. If you build rewards into your schedule you will work more efficiently and effectively during your study times. After a few hours of study you can reward yourself with a phone call to your best friend or an episode of your favorite show. You will work at a much better pace if you do this, rather than trying to work and play at the same time.

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Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.