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Master Time Management

What’s different about a 12-week semester?

  • Work outside of class starts immediately - readings and problem sets are often assigned on the first day of class, and assignments may be due in the first few weeks.  
  • Midterms can begin as early as week 3, and may be given any time in the semester.
  • Classes continue during midterms, and assignments may be due while you’re studying for midterms.
  • Since work can pile up quickly, it’s important to keep on top of your workload and due dates.

How do I start the semester strong?

Use the first few days of class to adjust to being back at school and to mentally prepare for your studies:

  • Log onto Courselink and familiarize yourself with the sites for each of your courses
  • Read your course outlines
  • Put all exam and due dates in a 4-month calendar
  • Organize your binders/notebooks
  • Pick up required texts and review reading lists
  • Skim through textbooks and course readings to familiarize yourself with the concepts you’ll be covering this semester.

How can I keep up with the workload?

  • Make a weekly task list
  • Start working on the first day of classes
  • Spend time on your coursework at least 5 days per week
  • Keep your goals and priorities in mind when choosing how to spend your time
  • Use the free time management services and tools available from the Library.

What happens if I get behind?

What can I do after the semester is over?

Review your time management strategies from the past semester.

  • Identify and celebrate your successes.
    • In what ways did you keep up with the busy pace of a 12-week semester?  Maybe you kept up with the coursework in some classes, started reviewing earlier for midterms, or used an app to keep track of assignments.
    • Think about what worked for you, and make sure you continue on that track next semester.
  • What worked well and what needs to be changed? 
    • For example, did you use a planner for part of the semester, but stop halfway through? If so, do you want to keep using a planner next semester, or try a different tool?  
  • If you fell behind, figure out why. What can you do differently next semester?
    •  For example, do you need to start studying earlier in the semester? Do you need to spend more hours studying each week, or do you need to study more efficiently?
  • Use the library’s resources on Effective Studying or make an appointment for some ideas on changing your study routine or study approach.

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