The idea of time management might be new to you. Basically, time management strategies allow you to plan out your time so that you can get things done and have a more balanced, less stressful life. In this module, we’ll explore why you need time management techniques, how to figure out how much time you actually need to accomplish your tasks.
Below are two videos that describe two types of typical college students: a recent high school graduate and a mature student. In additions, you can complete the Time Audit activity to assess your personal time needs.
Based on the earlier activity, you now know how many hours you need in a week to meet your personal and school commitments. Watch this video or read the information below for some tips and tools to help you manage your time and bring some balance to your week.
Effective time management means creating a balance that allows you to do the things you need to do without getting completely overwhelmed and stressed. This requires being realistic about how much time you need. Try asking yourself these questions:
There are 24 hours a day, and 168 hours in a week. It sounds like a lot until you consider that you’ll spend some of that time sleeping, eating, getting from place to place, and other things like that. You may be surprised at how much time some little tasks take!
Depending on your program, you should be spending about an average of 1 hour outside of class for every hour you spend in class. For example, 18 hours of class every week means 18 hours every week working on assignments, studying for tests, doing readings, preparing for labs,etc. Added to class time, that’s 36 hours every week - the equivalent of a full time job!
Think about when you will do your outside-of-class work. Consider the following:.