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What are some tips of good time management practices?

Asked New York, New York

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Arianna’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hello Lubna,


Great question! Time management is very important while in college and it is a skill that will be very useful even after you graduate college. Here are some tips to help you study.


1. At the start of the semester print your syllabi and be aware of all the readings, assignments, exams, and projects that you will be doing in the course. Put these deadlines in a calander. This way you don't miss a deadline.


2. Create a schedule for yourself. You can start by listing everything you have to do in a day. It is a good way for to make a consistent study regimen.


3. When you are ready to sit down and do your readings for your classes or if you are preparing for an exam or writing a paper make sure you are in a quiet area where you will not be disturbed. Many times distractions will lead to procrastination. Procrastination will in turn lead to last minute studying, readings, and assignments.


4. Although you should find a good place with limited distractions, there is also an advantage to studying with a group. Study groups are a great way to prepare for an exam. Your classmates may be able to help you understand a concept that you are not understanding, and you in turn may help them as well.


5. Don't stay silent. If you find yourself not understanding something in your class(es) don't be afraid to ask questions. Your professors are there to help you and to ensure you understand the objectives in the course. Take advantage of their office hours. There is usually tutoring services offered. Use that tutoring to your advantage. Don't wait until the middle or the end of the semester to look for help. Ask for help the moment you find yourself struggling.

Arianna recommends the following next steps:

  • Print your syllabi
  • Make a schedule
  • Find a quiet space with little to no distractions for you to go study at.
  • Study with a group
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions or look for help.

Amy’s Answer

Updated Raleigh, North Carolina

Time management is something everyone works on. If there is something you need to urgently work on, I suggest going to a quiet location where you can easily focus. Make sure to put your phone or other distractions away, and set goals for how much you want to accomplish by when. For example, every 30 min take a 5 min (phone, walking, etc) break. This usually helps to prevent getting burned out. For the day to day schedule, I find it's best to have a routine and stick with it. It is important to find a work-life balance that works for you!

Nancy’s Answer

Updated Raleigh, North Carolina

One of my favorite books on time management is Getting Things Done by David Allen. It teaches you about keeping projects and tasks moving by focusing on immediate next steps, getting them recorded and out of your head, and keeping them organized. Highly recommend you read it,