time management

College Student Organization Tricks: Utilizing “The Cloud” in The Classroom

If you’re like most instructors, one of your primary course goals is simply to encourage college students to get the very most out of their short time spent under your instruction. One sure-fire way to achieve this is to help them get and stay organized in their assignments and studies. Streamlined organization clears up the distractions that can take their full attention away from your coursework. Your students have sufficiently adopted the go-go lifestyle of nonstop attachment to some form of technology or another, not only in their personal life, but in their academic life as well. You Read More…


Avoiding Procrastination: Top Time Management Tips for College Students

As our lives fill with professional and personal tasks, chores and other time-consuming activities, we begin to stress and wonder how we’ll possibly manage to get it all done. While you’ve fine-tuned your own tricks to help juggle these responsibilities, your students are now facing the challenge of establishing time-management techniques on their own for the very first time. Unfortunately, no matter how much time students are given to complete a project and how much you remind them, every semester you will find some of your students procrastinate. College students may procrastinate on everything from daily reading assignments, Read More…


Activity: Establishing Priorities and Improving Time Management

This week, we’ve discussed a number of time-management strategies for you and your students. We hope they’re helping you discover new ways to make the most of your time! We also realize that at times, students benefit from a hands-on activity that helps them put practical plans into action. For that reason, today, we’re presenting an activity from the Instructor’s Resource Manual for Dianne Hales’ An Invitation to Health: Building Your Future, Brief Eighth Edition, which can help your students learn how to organize their time more effectively and accomplish their daily tasks more efficiently.   Activity #3: Time Management Purpose: To Read More…


Teaching Time Management

While in college, students tend to recognize their need for improved (or refined) time-management practices. In addition to their studies, students often balance jobs, family obligations, volunteer and social activities, and other responsibilities. Even the students with the best intentions may battle with a tendency towards procrastination; others may simply not yet be aware of the tools and strategies that will help them prioritize their time. And of course, they must all deal with the distractions that frequently become time-wasters that could possibly derail the focus and attention they devote to their studies. Given these factors, you Read More…


Using Technology to Manage Your Time

Whether you’re teaching an online course or conducting your class in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, you’re likely using technology to facilitate your course or manage your workload in some way. The computer, tablet, or smartphone you’re using to read this very blog post can also provide you with access to some effective tools for time management and can also be a means of making the most of your time. If you’d like some additional ideas or inspiration for using your tech tools as time-management tools, review these tips that we’ve adapted for you from Ryan Watkins Read More…


Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Time

We’re quickly approaching a pleasant but often challenging and busy time of year. Given all that you need to accomplish—grading, testing, creating reports, completing research… not to mention tending to personal responsibilities—you probably rely heavily on proven time-management techniques to make it through each day. In addition, you may use planners to maintain your schedule, or you may rely on productivity apps that help you complete your work and stay on track while you’re on the go. As thoughtfully as you plan, and as diligently as you work, you only receive the twenty-four hours per day allotted to Read More…


Activity: Help Students Manage Stress and Anxiety at Test Time

As discussed in Paul Nolting’s presentation, which we featured yesterday, test anxiety can keep students from performing to the best of their abilities. Examination time can also prove challenging for those students who must balance multiple commitments, deadlines, and responsibilities. Thus, stress management and time management techniques are valuable tools in a student’s academic toolkit. If you’d like to help students discover how to better manage their stress during test-taking time, try this “stress level check” from the Instructor’s Resource Manual that accompanies Christine Harrington, Ph.D.’s Student Success in College: Doing What Read More…


Rest: An Essential Element of College Success

For many, late nights and college life go hand in hand. Stroll onto a college campus at midnight, and you’ll probably find students having coffee-fueled conversations with friends, cramming before a major test, or working on research papers that are due at 8 AM the next day. But these late-night habits aren’t a phenomenon found exclusively among “traditional” college student populations. Those students who juggle coursework along with full-time jobs or family concerns will need to fit in study time whenever they can—which can often mean long hours hitting the books, sitting in the classroom, or focusing on the computer after those Read More…


Activity: Using a Planner as a Tool for Student Success

A planner is a highly useful time-management tool that can help you keep your important activities and responsibilities in order. You can use it to create a schedule for all of life’s important (and not-so-important) events, and let it serve as a reminder of important due dates, meetings, and appointments. As you’ve likely noticed, a wide variety of planners are available to you, from traditional leather-bound journals with gilt edges, to snappy six-ring personal organizers you can customize with various inserts and tabs, to smartphone apps that allow you to keep and share your schedule via the cloud. No Read More…


Tips for Students: Tackling Time Wasters

A chapter to read, a video to watch, a discussion post to write, a paper to complete, lecture notes to review… your life as a student can often feel like a long to-do list. On top of scholarly demands,  you may also be balancing a job or family responsibilities, which certainly should not be shirked. And yet, you also have many options that are a bit more enjoyable in the moment: a phone call from a friend, an impromptu shopping trip, a pickup game of basketball, an outdoor concert at the local park…  you name it, it’s out there, ready to Read More…