Good time management is the key to success when it comes to your studies!
Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the benefits:
• You will make the most of your days and accomplish more.
• You will feel a sense of achievement.
• You will have lower stress levels.
• You will have more time for other activities such as socialising, part-time work, volunteering and exercise.
• It will help you prepare for your next steps, e.g. university, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Managing time is easier said than done. There has been many occasions where we have seen students panicking about not meeting deadlines or achieving the desired grade, simply because they did not effectively manage their time.
So here are some of our top tips to help you develop your time management when you start college:
1. Keep a list of the tasks you need to complete – don’t rely on your brain as a storage device. Instead, use your college planner to record your assignments, home learning and deadlines. Review it regularly to ensure you are giving yourself enough time to complete a piece of work before it’s due.
2. Allow time for planning – taking time to research, plan and simply thinking about your work is essential for time management. Allow yourself time to process new information and plan how you are going to use it.
3. Create a study timetable – a daily/ weekly study timetable is such a valuable tool when it comes to time management. It can help you determine which hours of the day you are most productive and therefore identify how you can make the most of your time and prioritise accordingly.
4. Use your non-contact time wisely – there is no expectation to be in the study areas during every non-contact, however this time is given to you for a reason. For every hour in a lesson, you should be doing a minimum of one hour of study. Making the most of your non-contact periods means you are taking less work home.
5. Take regular study breaks – research shows that working in blocks of 40 – 50 minutes is optimal for productivity.
6. Put your phone away – we all know how distracting phones can be, especially with all those notifications! To make the most of those study minutes, put your phone away to give full attention to your work.
7. Complete your work in good time – completing your work a day or two before it is due in will give you time to check through your work to ensure you have included everything needed and make any necessary corrections.
8. Be realistic about what you can accomplish – many students overestimate what they can accomplish each day and when you don’t manage to achieve everything intended, you can often feel demotivated and stressed.
The Learning Mentor team are available to support you with time management and help you create an effective and realistic study timetable. Please feel welcome to make an appointment for support.
Emma Fox – Learning Mentor