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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.

Adopting a weekly study approach

Learning in layers is a 4-step approach to setting up goals for your weekly study sessions. 


Preview new material each week prior to class

  • go through book chapters and ppt slides & start taking notes before the lecture/class.
  • Identify and become familiar with the key vocabulary and concepts that you will be learning. 
  • Write down questions that you have so you can ask the professor or a classmate.

Makes notetaking, following the lecture, and participating in class easier. 


Make sure you participate each week in the way the instructor expects.

  • Attend and participate in your classes each week.
  • Bring questions that came up for you as you were preparing for class.
  • Be ready to answer questions and engage in the discussion.
  • Participate in forums and online discussions. 

You will be more confident adding to the discussion if you prepare prior to each class and participating makes class more fun and interesting.


Do a slow review.

  • Bring together all your notes and other materials.
  • Read more thoroughly, think through concepts, relate concepts, and learn necessary details.
  • Put together your own study aids.
  • What does the instructor expect you to be able to do with the information being taught?
  • Condense, condense, condense.
    • Some classes like science have very lengthy ppt slides, textbook chapters, and video lectures, but the information is repetitive.
    • Take the main points and put them in a chart designed to condense and consolidate information from a variety of sources. 

Do a quick review of previous material each week. 

  • Revise and condense your study aids
  • Practice & repetition helps you remember and the information you are learning
  • Quiz you really know it?
  • If you are required to write essays, outline potential essay questions to practice.

Additional Resources:

How to Study More Effectively

The Study Cycle (video)

The Study Cycle