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  • 1. Start Your Semester Right On Time Learning Center Shippensburg University
  • 2. Time Management for College Students
    • GOOD NEWS
    • All college students have the same 24 hours each day and the same 168 hours each week
    • Everyone can learn and develop their own personal plan for time management
    • BAD NEWS
    • Some students fall short of the personal management skills needed to use their time wisely
  • 3. Why use a time management plan?
    • To provide structure and balance among all of the things you need and want to do
    • To provide a road map to accomplish academic and personal goals .
    • To learn new and different time management skills since college is different from high school.
  • 4. Task #1: Prioritizing
    • What do you HAVE to do?
    • What SHOULD you do?
    • What COULD you do?
    • What would you LIKE to do?
  • 5. What’s Important Vs. Urgent
    • *Assess what is important for you to do right away and what can wait
    • *Make a table to see what is most important/urgent vs. not as important/urgent for you
    • *Adapted from http://www.effective-time-management-strategies.com/time-management-matrix.html
    What’s Urgent What’s Not As Urgent What’s Important
    • Getting assignments done on time
    • Reading for class
    • Meeting deadlines
    • Studying
    • Getting to know your professors
    • Making friends
    • Getting a job
    • Exercise
    • Getting acquainted with the campus
    • Staying in touch with family and friends from home
    What’s Not As Important
    • Checking emails and phone calls
    • Some meetings
    • Some social activities
    • Technology
    • Distractions
  • 6. Task #2: Making a Schedule
    • Once you have prioritized what is most important/urgent for you to do, create a schedule for yourself (daily/weekly/monthly)
    • Put the schedule somewhere you can see it every day and add new information as needed
    • Buy a planner or calendar
  • 7. Planned Weekly Schedule Example
    • *Your weekly schedule can identify specific times for:
    • Classes
    • Studying/Homework
    • Writing Papers
    • Work
    • Sports (Games/Practices)
    • ROTC Schedule
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Tip: Use different colors or highlight each activity in a different color for easier viewing.
  • 8. Sample Monthly Calendar Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 WIFYS C/C Paper Due 2 HC– Speech Outline Due 3 4 Quiz– WH I 5 Psych Exam Chap 1-4 6 7 8 Fall Break 9 Fall Break 10 11 HC– Pers Speech 12 Psych Project Due 13 14 15 WIFYS Pers. Rough Draft Due 16 17 Art Apprec Midterm Psych Quiz 18 WH I Midterm 19 20 21 22 23 HC Quiz 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 HC– Group Project Due 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 WIFYS C/C Paper Due 2 HC– Speech Outline Due 3 4 Quiz– WH I 5 Psych Exam Chap 1-4 6 7 8 Fall Break 9 Fall Break 10 11 HC– Pers Speech 12 Psych Project Due 13 14 15 WIFYS Pers. Rough Draft Due 16 17 Art Apprec Midterm Psych Quiz 18 WH I Midterm 19 20 21 22 23 HC Quiz 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 HC– Group Project Due 31
  • 9. Task #3: Avoid Procrastination!
    • Perhaps the #1 enemy of college success
    • Strategies:
      • Ask yourself – Why are you putting specific things off?
      • Do not wait until the night before to start a big project! Start big projects early. Break it into manageable parts.
  • 10. The Keys to Your Time Management Plan
    • Set precise and realistic goals
    • Develop a plan for the whole semester
    • Commit to your plan 100%!
    • Keep in mind the times of day that you are most effective!
  • 11. More Time Management Hints!
    • Take advantage of small breaks (use half-hours or hours between classes to get work done)
    • Participate in a study group for
    • reinforcement of your learning process
    • Allow time each week to adjust your schedule for unexpected changes or for when more intense studying is required
    • Look ahead up upcoming events so that you are prepared when they arrive
  • 12. More Helpful Hints
    • Establish a study routine to study at the same place and time each day
    • Study as soon after class as possible
    • Reward yourself
      • Example: Read and study before your favorite TV show then reward yourself by watching the show stress-free
  • 13.
    Get Help Scheduling for Big Projects/Papers Try using this URL for research paper planning: http:// www.lib.umn.edu/help/calculator
  • 14. Where to Get More Help
    • Learning Center
    • (717) 477-1420
    • First Floor of Lehman Library: http://www.ship.edu/learning/
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    • 4. What are you going to do now based on what you have learned from this presentation?