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College online tutorial covering time management. Being a student takes time.
Not only do you have to attend class (either online or face-to-face), but to be
successful, it is recommended that you spend three hours studying in completing
assignments outside of class for every hour you spend in class. That’s 12 hours
a week for a four credit class! How do you balance personal family or work
responsibilities with being a good student? Using your time wisely can help.
Here are some tips for you to make the most out of your limited time: Use a
planner to record assignments, exams, projects, and due dates. Keep track of
what is coming up, and be sure to set aside additional time for large projects
to be completed. The use of a planner can help prevent forgotten assignments,
procrastination, and the last-minute rush to get things done. Set and stick to your
schedule. Uou can use a paper calendar or an online app to plan your days. You can
even export events from your Blackboard calendar to your personal calendar. Be
sure that whatever you use has enough space to fill in all assignments and
activities throughout the day. Fill in your calendar any time you make
a new appointment. Be sure to include your class, and personal schedules AND
your study schedule. Schedule the time that you plan to study for each class
and be specific with how you’ll use your time during your study sessions. Remember, it’s most effective to study in blocks of 45 minutes. Be sure to refresh
yourself with mini-breaks! Without a date, you’ll procrastinate. When given a long-term assignment, count backwards from the due date to figure out a start date for
working on it (and add a day in case unexpected events slow you down!) Consider all of your other school and personal responsibilities when estimating the
time it will take to get it done. Starting early reduces stress and
improves the quality of your assignment. Break large assignments down into
manageable chunks and set dates for completion of those chunks.
Set goals for your study sessions. What do you need to accomplish today? Make a
list of what you need to do and prioritize. Think about tasks such as
reading the text, written assignments, and studying for quizzes and exams. Get
organized. Know what you need to do and have the tools to do it. Have a system to
organize your class materials. A folder and/or a notebook for each class as
recommended. When you sit down to study, make sure you have all the materials and
supplies that you need: class materials, textbooks, pencils, pens, paper
highlighters, etc. Getting up in the middle of a study session to look for a
pencil is a distraction and a waste of study time! Also consider where and how
you study. Pick a place that will be free of distractions and in which you will be
alert. Studying with a partner or in a small group can be really helpful.
However, be sure that the group stays focused on your work, or it is a waste of
your study time! Be willing to make sacrifices to reach your long-term goals.
Sometimes, as a student, you’ll have to make tough choices. Study for the exam, or spend all weekend with friends? Don’t let peer pressure or the quest for
short-term gratification dictate what you consider important. Write down your
long-term goals and post to them somewhere. Look at them frequently, and
use them as motivation and to stay focused. Finally, celebrate your successes. Reward yourself for work well done! Thank you for taking this online tutorial
covering time management.