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Time Management Tips

Always use:

  • A calendar
  • A to-do list
  • A master schedule

Building Your Master Schedule

On a blank master schedule:

  • Write "Class" (e.g. ESS 101) in all the time blocks that you spend attending classes, labs, study groups, or workshops.
  • Write "Work" in the appropriate time blocks.
  • Write "Trans" in those portions of the time blocks in which you travel to and from campus and to and from work.
  • Block off with an X realistic amounts of time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Block off and write F-H in blocks of time committed to inflexible family/household responsibilities or personal care. (e.g., laundry, pick up sister, cook, shower).
  • The empty time blocks are those available for study time and leisure activities. Always schedule study time before you schedule leisure time.
  • Block off 2-3 hours of study time for every credit you are taking. (e.g., if you are taking 15 credits, you will block off 30-45 hours of study time.)
  • Try to keep study hours as close to corporate hours as possible: 8am – 5pm.
  • Finally, any leftover hours are your own to do with as you please. Reward yourself for your efforts.

Tips

  • Don’t overdo it
  • Keep your schedule realistic
  • Set priorities
  • Be flexible and allow for trade-offs
  • Remember to allow for more time during midterms and finals
  • Study some everyday

After one week, evaluate your master schedule. Ask the following questions:

  • Did you over or underestimate the amount of time you needed for each course?
  • Did you find some conflicts? Can they be resolved?
  • Did you find some scheduled study time inconvenient? Can they be rearranged?
  • Did it help you get more work done?

Ideas for Managing Your Time

Establish a routine.

  • Treat study time as if it were your job
  • Choose a practical time when you are alert
  • Pick a quiet place free from other distractions

Set goals – what do you want to learn?

  • Are they specific and measurable?
  • Are they challenging and realistic?
  • Do they have a beginning and a finishing date?

Stay attuned to notes, lectures, text.

  • Look at your lecture notes for what was stressed
  • Remember questions the teacher asked
  • Read subheadings of text or discussion questions at the end of the chapter

Start all assignments.

  • Develop a time table
  • Do most difficult and boring subjects first
  • Schedule according to due date
  • Prioritize your work
  • Visualize large projects as a series of small steps
  • Prioritize your assignments
  • Devise a schedule: ½ - 3 hours for each hour of class
  • Alternate activities: reading-writing-reading-writing, etc.
  • Study 50 minutes, take a 10 minute break
  • Do not schedule more than 3 hours study time in a row without a break. This is true: Studying long = studying wrong!
  • Schedule specific tasks
  • Use last ½ hour for review and memorizing

Studying for exams – one week before exam.

  • Reserve 1 hour for review for each chapter covered
  • Reserve 1 hour review for every 1-2 lectures
  • Add an additional hour for homework review
  • Study some every day
  • Save some "insurance time" for extra studying

Analyze your time.

  • To change, you must understand how you use your time
  • Decide how you want to use your time in the future
  • If study time were your job, would you get a raise, or be fired?

Studying on the run.

  • Write main points of a lecture or chapter on master summary sheet or note cards
  • Keep master summary sheet or note cards handy so you can study in the car (when someone else is driving!), on the bus, between classes, etc.
  • Tape record main points and listen to them in the car, or while jogging/walking, etc.

Outside activities.

  • Don’t spread yourself too thin
  • Have a good balance
  • Use your most alert time for studying and use down time for TV, laundry, visiting, etc.

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Last Revised: October 1, 2019
Last Revised: October 1, 2019
University of Washington

OFFICE of MINORITY AFFAIRS & DIVERSITY

OMA&D 50

OFFICE of MINORITY AFFAIRS & DIVERSITY

INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER

Last Revised:
October 1, 2019

INSTRUCTIONAL CENTER

Last Revised:
October 1, 2019