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Managing your Semester 


Breaking Down your Week  


 To-Do Lists & Daily Tasks 

​Time Management Tips

Something To Think About:

Each student has the same amount of time each day to learn and take advantage of what the College offers. What separates students are how disciplined they are and how they utilize their time.

Before you start to improve your Time Management take into consideration the following steps:

  • BE ORGANIZED! This is the first and the most important step. Have your work in folders for each class so you can avoid having your work/papers scattered all over your room.

  • AVOID PROCRASTINATION- We all do this to an extent but you do not want Long Term Projects becoming Short Term Projects (i.e., working on the project the night before it is due).

  • STUDY QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY - Contrary to popular belief you may hear a student say, “I studied 3 hours straight for the DWC Exam.” It was great that the individual disciplined him/herself for that amount of time but your brain is like a sponge ... you can only absorb so much information at a time. It is better to study hard in 45-minute bursts and then take a break for a few minutes.

  • REVIEW YOUR WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE- Make sure to go over the material on the day that you have the class (even if it is only for fifteen minutes right after class). As a result, you will have much higher retention of the material.

  • THE EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE BETTER - Try to do your reading and problem sets (i.e., math, business classes) in the afternoon or early evening. These tasks require more concentration and for the most part you are more alert in the afternoon and early evening than you are later at night. This will translate to better retention of the material.

How To Use Your Assignment Book Effectively

  1. When you get your syllabi from your classes write down the due dates of all of the assignments for the class (papers, tests, quizzes, and projects). If you have an Assignment Book that has a monthly calendar write everything down there as well as in the daily calendar. This gives you the opportunity to see what is due monthly, in addition to one day at a time.

  2. In the back of your Assignment Book (or on a blank page) use a ruler and set up a Grade Log Page. This will give you an idea of where you stand in your classes, as well as provide you with information in the event that your final grade comes into question.

Important Reminder!

Hold on to all of your homework assignments and any other graded material (have a folder for each course) until you receive your final grade for the class. Mistakes can occur and grades may be changed as a result of this. Your documentation can help make any necessary corrections.

Sample Grade Log Page

Write Down:

  • The date of the assignment

  • The type of assignment (test, quiz, homework, lab, paper, or project)

  • The grade





Ch. 1 Through 3

9/21 76 (Quiz)

In-Class Paper

9/14 B

Lecture 1-7

9/20 75 (Quiz)


9/21 B


9/25 4/5

Research Paper

10/15 B+


10/1 C+


10/16 B

Mid Term

10/20 85




10/18 A-







Time Management Method One: The Daily Checklist

  1. Click on Time Management-Blank Schedule and print it.
  2. The classes and any other responsibilities you do on a daily basis (eat, workout, job, athletic practices, or any other extra-curricular activities) that you have on the Master Schedule.
  3. Click on Blank Daily Checklist and print it out.
  4. In the left hand corner, number and rank your classes according to the amount of time that you will spend studying for that subject.
  5. Above each day on the Daily Checklist write down the classes that you have.
  6. On the day that you have the class mark down at least one hour of study for that subject on the line below.
  7. Next, fill in the remaining study hours according to the rankings in the left hand corner (e.g., you might add an hour of study for math on Tuesdays because you have ranked it as your second most time consuming class.
  8. Click on Daily Checklist-Sample to get an idea of how it should look.

This worksheet does not tell you at what time to study for the subject on that particular day (that is up to you) but in order for this to work effectively YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT!!!

Time Management Method Two: The Specified Time Schedule

This method will be effective if you are an individual who needs to have more structure and repetition in your schedule. Once again, this is only as effective as you are consistent in using it.

  1. Block in the times you will be attending class on the master schedule (sample follows).
  2. Block in times for any other routine responsibilities (i.e., dinner, work, laundry, etc).
  3. After you have blocked out all responsibilities, look at the available time slots and fill some of them in as “studying time.”
    • Pick the times of the day that you’re at your best (i.e., I am a morning/afternoon person, so I would schedule
      a majority of my studying time during those hours).

    • It is beneficial to study at least one hour for the classes you will be attending that day. If you have Math and Science classes on Monday, then study at least one hour for math and one hour for science that day.

    • It is NOT beneficial to study for long stretches of time. When you break up your studying into segments, you
      will retain more of the material.

  4. While you are figuring out when to schedule time to study, make sure you schedule some down time for socializing and relaxing. If you make sure you do this, then you are more likely to follow through with your commitments.
  5. Once you have made your schedule, commit to following it for a week. After the week, make any necessary adjustments to the schedule and continue to follow it.



Note: If you feel that further assistance is needed, please call Meghan Murray, Associate Director for Student Success and Retention at 401-865-2679.


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