Tips for Time Management

Once of the biggest challenges college students have is learning how to manage their time. It may seem like you have lots of time to get things done so it is important for you to manage your time and keep up with all assignments and readings – no one is going to remind you of the work that is due.  In college, you cannot study or complete assignments at the last minute – that doesn’t work.

Tips to help you manage your time:

  • Don’t overextend yourself – learn to say no. There is so much to do and so much going on in college that it is easy to get sidetracked and put things off until later.  You know why you are here and what you need to do, it’s important to not let things get in the way of school work. Make sure to look at your responsibilities for school and your personal life and make sure you are not doing more than you can handle.
  • Be organized. Knowing what you have to do and when it’s due is a huge time saver. Use a planner and semester calendar to keep track of all of your assignments. A planner can help you track your daily events and a semester calendar can be used to track project deadlines, exams, breaks, etc.
  • Make efficient use of your time. Think about how you are spending your time between classes or on the weekends. It’s time to make choices about how you spend your time.  For example, you may want to use a 2 hour break between classes to go to the library and do homework. When you look at your daily and weekly schedule, are there any chunks of time that seem to be “wasted”? How can you use this time more efficiently? Maybe do some reading and reviewing while doing laundry can help you get more work done ahead of time.
  • Schedule 90 minute study sessions. Each week you need to set specific times to study and make sure that you do not get distracted. During these study sessions you should focus completely on the homework and not do anything else, such as watch TV or be on social media. If you can work on something without distractions you’ll be able to get a good amount of work done. Remember: for every hour you spend in class, you should be spending 2 hours studying, reading, and preparing for that class.
  • Make a “to do” list and prioritize. Make a daily or weekly list of things to do and rank each item. For example, items that you must do today, rank A; should do today, rank B; would like to do but can wait, rank C.  Then rank all of your As in order of importance. This will help you organize your time and help you concentrate on what needs to get done instead of worrying about how you will fit everything in.


Adapted from “How to get good grades in College” by Linda O’Brien