Adapted from Maracek/Anthony-Smith, Strategies for Success
Strategies for Success
Have you ever heard the saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it”? People who have many demands on their schedule and manage to accomplish a lot are usually very organized! They use their time wisely. Time management is a skill you can learn, and it will help you become a more successful student, especially in your math class. A weekly schedule showing all of your regular activities is a useful tool to help you manage your time and commitments. Once you create your schedule on paper, you’ll be able to look at it, know all you commitments are accounted for, and see what times are available for other things. Then you can easily match your free hours to your instructors’ office hours, plan study group sessions, and set times you can go to the Hub to ask questions. You can also see when you can schedule things that occasionally come up, like counseling or doctor’s appointments. And you can see how much time you have for fun activities.
Start by making a chart showing all 168 hours of the week – that’s 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You can use the one on the next page, or make one of your own designs on another sheet of paper or in a spreadsheet.
1) First show all the classes you are taking this semester, blocking out the hours for each class meeting. Also show the time it takes you to get to school and return home. 2) Many students work at jobs, in addition to taking classes. Do you have a job? if so, mark your typical weekly job schedule in the chart. Don’t forget to include commuting time! 3) Now think about what activities you do every day, other than school and work. Your basic needs like sleeping, eating, bathing, exercising, etc. all take time. If you are responsible for cooking meals for your family or caring for young children, you know those tasks take time, too. Show all your usual daily...
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