Time Management

Time Management Strategies

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Time Management and Organizational Skills
Middlesex Community College

Divide assignments into smaller manageable sub tasks
• distributed learning—work out over several study sessions
• affords student sense of control over work
• provides student with sense of accomplishment

Keep a master calendar for semester
• use large wall-size calendar—list all fixed commitments i.e., job, home responsibilities, class schedule, etc.
• using course syllabi, list all projects, papers, exams for semester for each course

Create weekly schedules
• determine hour-by-hour schedule for the week
• keep in mind 1 1/2–2 hours of study for each hour of class
• highlight exam, papers, etc. due each week
• each day look at weekly calendar and formulate a prioritized “to-do” list
• establish priorities and set time accordingly

Set aside a study space
• find a quiet, comfortable place where there are few distractions
• keep the “tools of your trade” at hand—i.e., pencils, paper, dictionary
• determine your span of concentration: for example: a student with a focused concentration span of 30 minutes should study for 1/2 hour and take a 3-5 minute break; before returning to work, take a 1-2 minute mental review of what was studied
• before beginning next unit of study, quickly preview material
• begin concentrated study for 30 minutes

Know high and low energy time
• use high energy times to study more difficult subjects

Long-range project planning
• count backwards from the due date and estimate time needed for each phase of the project
• always allow more time than is actually needed

Unscheduled time
• use it for rewriting notes
• summarizing lectures
• making up study sheets or flash cards

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Time Management and Organizational Skills

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Middlesex Community College

Do you have difficulty keeping up with assignments? Is your calendar too crowded? Are you finding it difficult to juggle home, work and school responsibilities? If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then you could benefit from some time management and organizational strategies.

Efficient use of time puts you in control of yourself. Once you assume responsibility for your success, you can make time work more effectively for you. When you learn to manage time, organizational skills follow. Once you determine the length of time needed to complete certain tasks, the way in which you fit them into your schedule, anxiety and stress are reduced. Good time management requires that you set goals and make plans for reaching those goals and objectives.

Formulate a schedule that contains some degree of flexibility to account for emergencies, disruptions, etc. Be sure to set aside some time each day to reflect on your vision as well as your long and short term goals. The strategies provided in these linked time management pages will help you to be a better personal time manager.

Time Management Strategies / Organizational Tips / Classroom Strategies

If you would like more information or clarification regarding the material presented herein, please
contact Diane von Hardenberg, Learning Specialist by, e-mail at mx_diane@commnet.edu, by phone at
(860) 343-5879, or by stopping by the Career Development and Counseling Center in Room 406,
Snow Hall at MxCC.

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Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Rd.   Middletown, CT 06457