Time Management

Getting the most out of your time requires good time management which starts with deciding what you want to get done.

Write out your goals and dreams.

Figure out where you are right now in terms of achieving your goals, and list the steps you will take to reach them. For example, one step might be consulting an expert—e.g. an academic advisor, a successful student—to get another perspective on the process.

Pick up a semester calendar from Learning Zone

Write in the semester’s tests, quizzes, assignments, and other important events. Include birthdays, travel plans, and socializing so you allow adequate time for recreation as well.

Learning Zone also has weekly calendars for you to schedule class and work hours, study groups and individual study time, and other regularly occurring activities. As a rule of thumb, students should schedule two and half hours of study time for each hour in class, though specific classes may require more or less study time.

Some students find it helpful to be more aware of how they spend their time. Please complete this survey http://ucc.vt.edu/academic_support/study_skills_information/time_scheduling/where_does_time_go.html and schedule a time to meet with a Learning Zone staff member if you feel you are running out of time or if you are unable to accomplish your goals.


Get in the habit of writing "To Do" lists and checking them often

Now that you know what you need to accomplish, break down large goals into a list of smaller tasks you can use to guide you as you study. Prioritize the tasks so you know which to do first, and cross them off as you complete them in order to stay motivated and to combat procrastination.

Creating a "To Do" list can help in managing your time