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Time Management for College Students

This guide considers managing time in 4 ways: 1. Keeping up with the coursework. 2. Utilizing basic time management tools. 3. Adopting a weekly study approach. 4. Sustaining distraction-free study sessions.

Keeping up with the course

Last-minute studying is not good enough. There is a lot of material to cover in a college course during the semester, and the course topics are complex. Most instructors use a combination of readings, podcasts, lectures, videos, writing, and problem-solving assignments as ways to teach the course material. Instead of cram sessions every so often, plan to set up regular study sessions spread throughout the week. A general rule of thumb is to plan for 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class. A 3-credit course would require 3 hours in class and 6 - 9 hours outside of class for reading, studying, & practicing each week. Regular study sessions help you make progress on big learning goals like becoming a better critical thinker, reader, problem solver, and communicator.

Complete each week’s material in the same week. Study most days. If too many days go by without working on the material, learning is less efficient, workload increases, motivation decreases, and you risk becoming overwhelmed and stressed out later. You are never going to feel like studying so set up a routine to get your coursework finished and stick to it. Remember, completing assignments outside of class is essential for passing your college courses. Even if you attend and participate in every class, if you do not submit your assignments, you will not pass the course.


Additional Resources:

UHMC Start Smart College Success Guide - Time Management

Goal Setting & Time Management

How to Use Learn and Study