Being a University student can be stressful, especially when it comes to managing your time at University. It is important to be able to manage your time. being able to do so will make it a lot easier to study and a lot easier to get through a high volume of work. Here are a few tips on how to do so…
- Keeping a Time Log. This is one of the first steps for good time management. It allows you to see how you spend your time at the moment. To do it simply write something down for every hour for every day for a week. Once you ave done it, go back and see how many hours you actually spent studying, going to class, eating or just watching TV. The results should give you an idea of where you can improve, and how to free more time so you can study.
- See how much time you need for studying. To be a good student you want to be working to a 2-1 ratio. What I mean by this is that for every hour you are in class, you want to be doing at least 2 hours of study outside of class. If you find a class harder than others, try to increase the ratio from 2 to 3 or 4 hours for every hour of class.
- Make a Fixed Commitment Calendar. All this basically means is that you write on a calendar all of the stuff you have to do, a part time job and classes etc. Then you get to see how much free time you really have. Try to give yourself as much time to study as possible. Be sure to include social things on your calendar as well, like birthday parties and other social engagements. Being a student doesn’t mean you forget about everything other than your studies.
- Keep a Study log. Make sure you mark onto your calendar all of the hours you spend studying. It is important to track the work you have done. Also this can be a good way to motivate you to study more. Another benefit is that you may see that you are doing too much!
- Make your own Exam Timetable. Once you know the date of any assignments/quizzes or exams for the coming term, make sure to add them all to a calendar. This way you get to see when you have to put more effort into studying (when its closer to exams) and when you can afford to be a bit lazier.
- Use Daily “To Do” Lists. Make out a list every evening of what you plan to do for tomorrow. Break tasks down, set priorities, and separate academic and personal goals.
- Switch Subjects. If you are studying in a big block, your worst enemy is boredom. To avoid getting bored try to only work on a subject for an hour. After that switch to a different subject. Switching subjects increases your motivation, making you work longer plus it makes you feel like you have done more!
- Schedule Your Study Time. Plan to study in one-hour blocks (fifty minutes for study and a ten-minute break). Schedule study time throughout the day so that you can complete at least two of your study tasks before dinner. Use time between classes to get a start on your next assignment.