TIME MANAGEMENT – TIPS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES
Many of the students irrespective of their age feels that there’s never enough time in the day, so they can manage their activities! This problem of time management is same for the students studying in school, college or university or the adult who has returned to education after many years.
Here are some tips to help the students for Time Management.
- Be Organized
Use time saving tools: appointment calendars, “to do” lists, e-mail, answering machines, file folders, etc.
- Have an organized workplace that have everything you need. (don’t waste time constantly looking for your work). This saves lots of time Remove all potential distractions like radio, TV, computer, mobiles etc. There is a time and a place for everything but not while you are studying. Time spent on any of the distractions is time lost
- Use “to do” lists for both long-term and for each day/week. List the areas of work you have to do today and tomorrow. For each item, plan how much time it will take to get the job done. To-do lists by themselves are effective but can be more effective if you include time estimates.
- Plan Ahead
- Schedule the Time: You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles maths better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night.
- Segregating or Combining: Consider whether any activities can be combined. Determine if big tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks that may be easier to schedule.
- Extra Time Inclusion: Include time for rest, relaxation, sleep, eating, exercise, and socializing in your schedule.
- Take short breaks: Learning does not happen when you are tired and time spent at learning in class or at home is wasted, there is no lasting learning occurring. Take short breaks during study and work periods.
- Don’t put everything off until the last minute (for example, don’t cram for exams).
- Learn to say “no” when appropriate and to negotiate better deadlines when appropriate.
- Prioritize Your Tasks
- Use any rating system like ABC for items on your “to do” lists with A items being highest priority.
- Set goals for both the short term and long term as to what you want to accomplish.
- Look at all of your “to do”s to gauge the time requirement and whether additional resources will be needed to accomplish them (if yes, schedule time to obtain those resources). Don’t postpone the small tasks (a sense of accomplishment is good and overlooked small tasks can become larger tasks.)
- Avoid Overload
It seems to have become a way of life for the high end executives. It is not a good idea and you will be much more successful if you do one thing at a time and get it finished. The motto is “do one or the other but not both at once”
- Practice Effective Study Techniques
- Read for comprehension, rather than just to get to the end of the chapter.
- Be prepared to ask questions as they come up during study, rather than waiting until just before an exam.
- Do the most difficult work first, perhaps breaking it up with some easier tasks.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your projects.
- Read the syllabus as soon as you get it and note all due dates (and “milestone” times) on your calendar.
- Be a model student! (be attentive and participative in class, and punctual, prepared, and eager to learn)
- Be Able to be Flexible
Sometimes tasks may be difficult and a number of things don’t get done on time. The aim is to manage your time not to let it manage you. Be flexible enough to:
- The unexpected happens (sickness, car troubles, etc.); you need to be able to fit it into your schedule.
- Know how to rearrange your schedule when necessary (so it doesn’t manage you – you manage it).
- Know who to ask for help when needed.