An author once said, “I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” Sound familiar? Now’s the time to take the bull by the horns and learn how to manage your time more efficiently before you get deep into classes and assignments.

As a student, the ability to manage your time can play a big part in your success. Alison Parry, Capilano U learning specialist in Counselling & Learning Support, says “time management skills help you meet your academic and personal goals; maintain a balance between school, work and family; and use your valuable time effectively and efficiently.” Here’s a great tip from Alison on how to get time working for you.

At the beginning of term, create an effective term calendar. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Choose a term calendar that works for you, whether it’s electronic or paper-based.
  2. Record all statutory holidays for the semester.
  3. Record important university dates, such as the last day to withdraw from a course, last day to pay your fees, etc.
  4. Look carefully at each of your course outlines and record all listed due dates for major quizzes, exams, assignments, term papers, etc.
  5. If due dates are not listed, add them to your calendar as soon as they are announced.
  6. Record self-imposed start dates and deadlines for long-term projects. Determine what steps are involved in the project and set a deadline for the completion of each step.
  7. Record any important social engagements or personal events.
  8. Keep your calendar in a visible place so you can clearly see and plan for upcoming events. This prevents any nasty surprises or things piling up on you.
  9. Use different colours on your calendar for emphasis, to distinguish one class from another or to distinguish personal dates from your academic dates.

For more tips on time management, come to Counselling & Learning Support’s Time Management workshop on Tuesday, January 14 from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Library building, room 119. If you’ve got the time, consider sticking around for the Improving Concentration workshop immediately following it in the same room from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Learn more about Counselling & Learning Support’s Student Success Workshop series. For individual learning assistance, make an appointment with Alison Parry, learning specialist, by calling 604.984.1744.

Do you have any time management tips to share or suggestions for time management tools, apps or calendars that work for you? Please tell us in the comments.

Submitted by Counselling & Learning Support

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