Time Management Strategies
- Establish goals, analyze where your time is spent, and prioritize your activities. The College Student’s Guide to Time Management (pdf) provides eight easy exercises to get you started.
- Create a 7-day calendar and identify times during the week that you can use for certain activities.
- Keep a planner to organize your time. Record important dates reflected in your syllabuses, and write down other assignments as they are presented.
- Think of studying as fitness training for your brain. Make a habit of studying at the same time and in the same place each week, just as you might visit the Campus Recreation Center at the same time each week for an exercise class or an intramural sport.
- Save your studying for the times of day when you are most efficient. If you're a morning person, get up early and study before you go to class.
- Schedule study time in blocks of no more than 3 hours, and give yourself a ten-minute break at the end of each hour.
- Limit distractions by choosing an appropriate study environment.
- Tackle your toughest subjects first. If you put off your hardest subjects until the end of your study session, you may be too tired to give them the attention they need.
- When faced with big projects or papers, don’t procrastinate! If the assignment seems overwhelming, break it into smaller tasks and schedule time to complete only the first task. Once you start, you’ll find it easier to keep going.
- Get an on-campus job. Students who work no more than 20 hours a week learn to manage their time, gain valuable work experience, and form relationships with University professionals who can serve as references for them when they graduate. Visit the Career Services website for information about on-campus jobs.