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  • Presentation provided by UTPB West Texas Literacy Center an HSI funded program. HSI is a federally funded program granted by the Department of Education Title V programs. Developed by: Ana Miller, M.A.. Ed., Reading Specialist
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    1. 1. Time Management and Organizational Strategies Get It Together Presentation provided by UTPB West Texas Literacy Center an HSI funded program. HSI is a federally funded program granted by the Department of Education Title V programs. Developed by: Ana Miller, M.A.. Ed., Reading Specialist
    2. 2. Taking Control of Your Time and Your Life <ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time seems to “slip away” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes authority over our lives and ourselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristic of successful people </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Determining Your Needs <ul><li>Document </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Categorize time spent on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Class attendance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Study time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commute time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Assess and Evaluate <ul><ul><li>Ask yourself: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will the way I am spending my time contribute to my college success? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do I need to make adjustments? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which college related areas will require more of my time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am I willing to make the necessary changes to achieve college success? </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. TIME TOOL #1 – A Calendar <ul><li>Long-range perspective </li></ul><ul><li>BIG picture </li></ul><ul><li>Due dates </li></ul><ul><li>Test dates </li></ul><ul><li>Holidays, vacations, special events </li></ul><ul><li>Target dates </li></ul>
    6. 6. TIME TOOL #2 – A Weekly Schedule <ul><li>Balanced </li></ul><ul><li>Study time – 2 hours per week per credit hour </li></ul><ul><li>Regular time-regular place </li></ul><ul><li>ASAP after class </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize odd hours </li></ul><ul><li>Limit – No more than 2 hours per course at one time </li></ul><ul><li>Trade time </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative review for each course </li></ul>
    7. 7. Additional Weekly Schedule Tips <ul><li>Color code </li></ul><ul><li>Post it in obvious places </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-generated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to adjust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include weekend study hours </li></ul>
    8. 8. Organizational Strategies: HOW to Get Organized <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set Up Your Own System </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Separate courses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set up a simple filing system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course folders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic information folders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal information folders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize your study area </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locate and regularly use an IDEAL </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>study location </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minor disasters can be anticipated and avoided </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. KEY TO SUCCESS <ul><li>Test Period </li></ul><ul><li>Follow your schedule for approximately three weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust as the semester </li></ul><ul><li>progresses. </li></ul>
    10. 10. TIME TOOL #3 –”To Do List <ul><li>List everything you need or want to get done. </li></ul><ul><li>Set your priorities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A - Must be done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B – Should be completed if at all possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C – Low priority, completed only after doing A’s and B’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritize tasks within each group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing this habit will increase productivity. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. TIME TOOL #4 – Sample Assignment Record <ul><li>Estimate time needed </li></ul><ul><li>Library research – estimate and add 2 hours </li></ul><ul><li>Count back from due date </li></ul><ul><li>Consult Master schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Use the time </li></ul>
    12. 12. Anticipating and Planning for Courses – Course Planning <ul><li>Syllabi: Your road map for each class </li></ul><ul><li>After first day in each course </li></ul><ul><li>fill in the Semester Map </li></ul><ul><li>Long-range planning begins on day one </li></ul>
    13. 13. TIME TIPS <ul><li>Ask yourself: “What is the best use of my time right now?” </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize small blocks of time that you might normally waste. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALWAYS have study material with you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tape lecture notes or personal notes and listen while you drive. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. PROCRASTINATION: Dealing with Deadlines <ul><li>Putting off = Anxiety/Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Stop “thinking about” the assignment and TAKE ACTION! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Break down large tasks into manageable smaller tasks </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. MORE HELPFUL TIPS <ul><li>Work when you have the highest level of energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate external distractions. </li></ul><ul><li>When tired or distracted, change activities – “Mix it up” </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge the work you have accomplished. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 16. TO CRAM OR NOT TO CRAM? <ul><li>AVOID CRAMMING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about the connotation of the word “cram.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ineffective study method </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inhibits storage of information in your long-term memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEARNING OVER A PERIOD OF TIME USING REPETITIVE PRACTICE IS A MORE EFFIECIENT AND EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR RETAINING INFORMATION. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. PRIORITIZING: The Balancing Act <ul><li>KEEP SIGHT OF YOUR GOALS </li></ul><ul><li>ATTEND CLASS </li></ul><ul><li>IDENTIFY YOUR RESPONSIBLITIES </li></ul><ul><li>PRIORITIZE </li></ul><ul><li>SCHEDULE </li></ul><ul><li>JUST DO IT! </li></ul>
    18. 18. References <ul><li>Covey, S. (1989). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon and Schuster. </li></ul><ul><li>Covey, S. (1994). First Things First. New York: Free Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Feldman, Shattles, & McKenzie. (2004). Oracle EDU 1110. Unpublished manuscript, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. </li></ul><ul><li>Leonard, E. (2007). What Every Student Should Know About…Study Skills. New York: Pearson. </li></ul>

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