Students start college, career training or any type post-secondary education programs with high expectations. Many students envision themselves studying and being successful in their course work, but they fail to put together a realistic plan, routine and work schedule that will enable them to achieve academic greatness.
The following suggestions will help you improve your time management which will help you improve your academic performance.
Step 1: Prepare a Term Calendar
- Include high-level activities such as class time and items whose times don’t change from week to week
Step 2: Prepare a Calendar by Weekly Activities
- Add in weekly items that need to be completed by each class such as assignments, tests, events, and discussion boards
- Add all school activities
- Add all out of school and extra-curricular activities
- Add in your weekly schedule for out of school activities such as work, family events, and extra-curricular activities
Step 3: Prepare a Daily Schedule – Term calendars and weekly activities don’t typically change, however, your daily schedule may vary based upon changes at work or changes within your personal life. Pick a day each week and dedicate time to preparing your weekly schedule.
- Jot down things that need to be completed for the next day.
- Write down everything from the prior day that was assigned that may need to be completed within the next day/days.
- Include any activities from your weekly schedule that need to be included for the next day that was not previously on your calendar.
You will notice that one of the key fundamentals to managing your study time is to start with your overall schedule and then to work your way down to the details. A calendar as a whole provides direction and instructions for accomplishing your big picture career and school goals.
Key Factors to Achieve Great Time Management Skills
- Prioritize your assignments by due date and time needed to complete the assignment.
- Create blocks within your calendar to allow for study time.
- Schedule activities that are outside of your normal school and work schedule.
- Join a study group at your college, career school or institution. Study groups offer several advantages to students because typically each member is assigned a topic and then provides a summary to the group.
- Make sure that you get exercise, eat right and get plenty of sleep!
- Be flexible! Even though you have accepted the responsibility of maintaining a great calendar you need to flexible. Unforeseen obstacles are going to pop up, so plan accordingly.