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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.

Sustaining distraction-free study sessions

Scheduling regular study sessions is important, but if you are distracted when you are studying, it will take you longer to learn the material. The “Pomodoro” method is a way of focusing your study sessions. The method works because your brain consolidates what you have learned during breaks. Also, committing to stay completely focused for smaller increments of time is more doable for people who struggle with focus. 

Pomodoro method:

  1. Take out your study materials and task list.

  2. Study uninterrupted for about 25 minutes 

  3. When the timer goes off, markdown that you completed a session

  4. Take a short 2-5 min break

  5. Go back to work for another 25 minutes

  6. After 4 sessions, take a longer break of 15-30 min.

Additional Resources:

The Pomodoro Method

How to Avoid Distractions While Studying