time management

Helping Students Find an Effective Time Management Tool

Do your students have the time management skills they need in order to succeed in college? Recently we asked Engaging Minds readers: “How many of your students demonstrate good time management skills?” Here’s how they responded: As you can see above, the majority responded that some (41%) or only a few (37%) of their students were well versed in the ability to manage their time well. We’re guessing that many of these students aim for academic success and do well in their courses… but, they could still benefit from additional skills that will enable them to increase their effectiveness Read More…


Tips for Students: Three Hints That Will Make You Want to Study

Your students’ eyes may not necessarily light up when you start talking study material, but you may notice that some dread reading and studying more than others. While some lucky students seem to have a passion for learning ingrained in them, many others need to find their motivation and a reason for dedicating their precious time to a subject. Read More…


Five Ways to Manage Your Time This Year

With all the demands that you face at the start of a term, it becomes even more imperative that you manage your time well. As a result, you may be looking for some time-management tips that can help you accomplish everything on your plate. In their book Fitness and Wellness, Eleventh Edition, Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger offer a number of strategies and techniques that can help you make the most of each hour (and minute) you have. Below, we’ve summarized them. Review these ideas, and perhaps you’ll be able to face these first few days of Read More…


Moving Students from Procrastination to Participation

Guest Contributor: Maureen O’Connor DuPont, California State University San Marcos. One of the biggest challenges that I see my students face is their inability to manage their time well. I teach predominantly remedial Math courses (Pre-Algebra, and Beginning Algebra) at both the local Community College and at California State University San Marcos. The average class size is 45 to 50 students. While most are incoming freshmen, my class population also consists of re-entry students who are trying to get back on track and either start a degree or to complete one that they may have abandoned years ago. Read More…


Five Ways to Prepare for the Start of Classes

Aah… it’s summer. Time to enjoy the longer evenings, the fresh fruits and veggies, and even perhaps a bit of a vacation. But even now, the fall term’s on the horizon, and you’ll need  to prepare for the start of classes. When you’re ready to get the ball rolling, review these tips. The suggestions they make in the posts linked below will help you get set for the next semester!

1. Make your roadmap for a successful new term.

As Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins suggests in her post What Every Educator Must Do Before Walking Into the Classroom This Fall: Take Stock, Gear Up, Then Rock Read More…


Get Organized for a New Term

With the start of new term—and a new school year—coming upon us, it’s time to start considering how we’ll manage our time (and energy)! Looking for a helpful way to stay organized? By creating a term calendar, you’ll be well prepared to stay on top of all your events, appointments, responsibilities, and due dates. In her book Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition, Linda Wong suggests including the following items on your term calendar. These tips will be as helpful for you as they can be for your students: 1. Important deadlines for special projects, reports, and writing or lab assignments Read More…


Creating a Study Schedule for Exam Time

At any time of year, creating and keeping to a schedule can help each one of us stay focused on our priorities and engage in the activities that enable us to reach our goals. But when exam time comes around, it’s especially important that students manage their days well, so that they don’t end up either overburdened or underprepared. For this reason, authors Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens recommend that students create an exam-week schedule, as described in their book How to Study in College, Eleventh Edition. This plan helps students prioritize their activities while still Read More…


Journaling Activity: How to Write a Journal to Manage Stress

As the pressures of personal responsibilities, social obligations, and upcoming final examinations mount, students may feel overwhelmed by the number of things they need to do and achieve. When they’re feeling the need to vent their frustrations or seek some empathy, the listening ear of a friend can be invaluable—but they may not always have the chance to turn to their closest confidantes. At times like those, a journal can provide a wonderful outlet for their emotions and can serve as a helpful tool for managing stress. Keeping a journal allows students (or anyone, of course!) to record their observations and ideas, write Read More…


Choosing Fitness and Wellness Apps

If you’re like many of us, you have invested in some technology tools that help you manage your time. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you’re probably using a few apps that can help you increase your productivity. In a similar vein, you may also want a tech tool that enables you to manage your fitness and wellness while you’re on the go. Today, we’re sharing a few helpful tips, based on recommendations offered in Werner W.K. Hoeger and Sharon A. Hoeger’s Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness, Twelfth Edition, which can Read More…


Exercise for Stress Relief

As the holidays approach, you may be tempted by a buffet of delectable items that make their way across your path. Likewise, the busy season of reading, reviewing, and grading your students’ assignments and exams may lead to less of a focus on healthy eating and more of an inclination towards convenient meals—and an increased temptation to indulge in all the treats that find their way to you at parties, in gift baskets, and in the ever-popular vending machine. To deal with all these goodies, you may be adding some extra exercise to your daily to-do list. But don’t Read More…