Time Management

Below are some helpful tips for time management:

Budget time to prepare for each class and to review your course notes as soon as possible after each class.  Reviewing notes makes it less likely you will have to relearn material as you study.

Draw up a master list of  “to do’s”  for the term, for the week and even for the day.

Be flexible. Leave some time blank and leave 15 minutes of extra time for every hour planned as a buffer for unscheduled interruptions.

Set priorities.  If you work or have family or other responsibilities, strike a balance by not overdoing it in one area, at the expense of another.

Plan ahead for time required for research papers and studying for exams. Make it a goal to start working on things ahead of the due date so you aren’t rushing & cramming.

Learn your best times for studying. Plan your study times when you have the best concentration, for example early in the morning or late in the evening.

Set several small study goals.  If you have a large and overwhelming assignment, break it down into smaller tasks to be accomplished. Long and arduous study periods are not effective. Give yourself rewards for accomplishing tasks.

Make use of small blocks of time.  An  hour is ample time to accomplish something useful, such as reviewing your notes after class.

Get rid of distractions.  Try to do your work when and where no one can bother you. Turn off or silence your phone & internet.

Make a public commitment. Tell someone what your goals and your deadlines are.  Ask them to check on you to see if you got it done. Having someone hold you accountable helps.

If you would like to discuss other possible solutions, please contact the University Counseling Center at 405-425-5250 or sheldon.adkins@oc.edu.

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