Time Management

University studies require more independent learning outside of class and lab instruction. Learn to take charge of your schedule and make the best use of your study time.

 

  • Know where you are spending your time
  • Plan out your priorities. What needs to be accomplished today, this week, this month?
  • Break tasks into manageable chunks: divide and conquer
  • Use an Assignment Calculator to stay on track
  • Set reasonable time limits to improve focus and concentration. Use distributed practice
  • Make a term and weekly schedule for the term. Make an appointment for help with this
    • Put the most demanding tasks in your most productive time
    • Be generous when estimating the time needed for tasks
    • Leave open spaces or ‘down time’ every day for the unexpected
      • Remember your life: your family, friends and time for you to recharge
      • Don’t write in everything! Too much detail can become a form of procrastination
  • Explore Evaluating your Time Troubles for studying with family and work responsibilities
  • Websites to help you Make Learning a Habit
  • Choose study spaces that match the task demands
    • John E. Robbins library hours
    • Under the main dining room by the Office of International Activities for tables and group work
    • The comfy couches with charging stations down the hall from Student Services
    • The welcoming Indigenous Peoples’ Centre next to the Evans Theatre
    • The quiet study rooms on the 2nd to 4th floors of Clark Hall
    • The student lounges in the basement of the Music and Education buildings
  • Independent Learning online module
  • Websites for managing your time and reducing procrastination