Time Management Tips for your Student

  • Use a “Planner.” Use a planner to keep track of your homework assignments and upcoming projects. In your planner, keep a To-Do List, with highest priority items at the top.
  • It’s Okay to Say “No.” If your neighbor asks you to baby-sit on a Tuesday night and you have a test the next morning, realize that it’s okay to say no. Prioritize, prioritize!
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  • Find the Right Time to Study. Figure out what time of day you do your best work. For example, if you are more alert in the afternoon, it is probably best to do your homework shortly after you get home from school. However, if you need time to reenergize before doing your homework, then set some time aside to relax before getting started.
  • Don’t Waste Time Worrying. Sometimes stressing about an upcoming project or test can waste hours that could be spent working or studying. Instead of worrying, use that mental energy to get your work done!
  • Be Realistic. While it’s good to set high standards for yourself, be sure not to overdo it by setting unrealistic goals that can set you up for failure. If you create a reasonable schedule, you’ll have a better chance of achieving your goals.
  • Sleep! Even though it might not seem like it, a good night’s sleep is an important factor in managing your time wisely. Your brain needs time to relax and refresh so that, when it’s time to work, you can do so efficiently and to your best ability!

Adapted from The College Board’s “8 Ways to Take Control of Your Time”