TIME MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
As a student, there are some basic Principles of Time Management that you
Identify "Best Time" for Studying: Everyone has high and low periods of
attention and concentration. Are you a "morning person" or a "night
person". Use your power times to study; use the down times for routines
such as laundry and errands.
Study Difficult Subjects First: When you are fresh, you can process
information more quickly and save time as a result.
Use Distributed Learning and Practice: Study in shorter time blocks with
short breaks between. This keeps you from getting fatigued and "wasting
time." This type of studying is efficient because while you are taking a
break, the brain is still processing the information.
Make Sure the Surroundings are Conducive to Studying: This will allow you
to reduce distractions which can "waste time." If there are times in the
residence halls or your apartment when you know there will be noise and
commotion, use that time for mindless tasks.
Make Room for Entertainment and Relaxation: College is more than
studying. You need to have a social life, yet, you need to have a
balance in your life.
Make Sure you Have Time to Sleep and Eat Properly: Sleep is often an
activity (or lack of activity) that students use as their time management
"bank." When they need a few extra hours for studying or socializing, they
withdraw a few hours of sleep. Doing this makes the time they spend
studying less effective because they will need a couple hours
of clock time to get an hour of productive time. This is not a good way to
manage yourself in relation to time.
Try to Combine Activities: Use the "Twofer" concept. If you are spending
time at the laundromat, bring your psychology notes to study. If you are
waiting in line for tickets to the REM concert, bring your biology
flashcards to memorize.
These are some ideas to get you started. You can read more about time
management in one of the books in the bibliography. You can also learn more at time
management workshops. In addition, you should know that college
students aren't the
only ones who have become more efficient workers. Get a headstart and
learn how to manage yourself in respect to time NOW.
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via the feedback link at the bottom of this page. Also,
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