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Time Management

Managing your Time is a Critical Skill for Success

The Advising and Academic Success Center offers a time management workshop which will teach you how to make a study schedule, learn about principles for efficient studying, and explore tools for avoiding procrastination.

Access AASC’s Time Management Workshop:


Time Management Workshop Summary

Start by assessing yourself.
  • Activity: Figure out where your time goes
  • Reflection:
    • How many hours do you have left for homework?
    • How can you change how much time you spend on certain tasks to make more time for your studies?
Find a system that works for you.
  • Experiment: Change your planning system until you find one that works best for you
    • Options: Daily/weekly/monthly planners, smartphones, lists, Google Calendar, etc.
    • Basic principles: make time to manage your time, write everything down, set deadlines, and prioritize
Time Management Methods
  • Top Heavy Scheduling
    • The bulk of your work is at the beginning of your schedule (at the beginning of the day and earlier in the week)
    • Most important and harder tasks first
  • Backwards Planning
    • Plan for a major assignment or deadline by beginning with the end goal or due date
      • Work backward and set goals and milestones
Practice makes perfect!
  • Fill in your weekly schedule.
    • Remember to prioritize and start with things that are most important to you
    • Reminder: 1 credit hour = 3 hours of outside work (12 credits = 36 hours of outside work)
Study Plans
  • Use your syllabi to fill out a ‘Semester at a glance’ calendar.
    • Allow your semester calendar to inform monthly/weekly/daily study scheduling
    • Employ time management methods to create efficient study plans