Using Time Management to Improve Study Skills
Most students have high expectations and are filled with excitement at the beginning of each new school year. They envision being successful in school work but may fail to put together a realistic plan or establish a routine that will enable them to achieve academic success. There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, and weeks in a school year. If you do not pay attention, the end of the school year will arrive before you know it – and catch you by surprise. To achieve academic success it is important to carefully manage your study time on a daily, weekly and semester basis. The following is a time management strategy for doing this.
- Assignments with their due dates
- Tests with their dates
- All school activities
- All out-of-school and extra-curricular activities
- Record on your calendar each class you have for each day of the week
- Take a look at your term calendar and write down on your weekly calendar things that need to be done or are occurring that week (i.e. assignments, tests, events, etc.)
- Go back and review all your class notes and your schedule from the prior week to see if there is anything you need to add that is carrying over from the prior week.
- Add to your weekly calendar any out-of-school and extra-curricular activities you will be participating in
- Note down the day and time for each assignment, study session, work group or project you will be completing during the week. These may be occurring in the evening after school as well as during school.
- Note down everything from your weekly schedule that you need to do for the coming day
- Note down everything from your previously daily schedule that wasn’t completed and needs to be completed the next day
- Check your daily schedule for the current day to see if there are any other school activities that you need to include for the next day
- Include any other activities from your weekly schedule that need to be in your next day’s schedule
(Adapted from Education Corner)