Time Management Tips

Success in college takes some planning and juggling. Considering coursework, extra-curriculars, tests, work, internships or caring for your family, it can all take up more time than you think you have. With such a busy schedule, you will need a few tips:

Plan early. In general, 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of studying. Anchor the rest of your schedule around your classes and homework. On the first day of class, enter all of your assignments into your planner. Include everything – weekly quizzes, assignments, exercises – not just the tests. Then develop a plan for your homework schedule and extra studying for tests.

Attend class. Sounds simple? Going to class is the most time-efficient way to learn the material. It takes more time to catch up if you’ve missed a class. So just go!

Use your free time wisely. Align your time with your goals. Long commute? Use it to work on prepping for class, or reviewing what you just learned. Make the time count.

Take care of yourself. Figure out what you need to keep your battery charged including sleep, healthy eating, exercise, downtime and hobbies and time with family and friends. Add these mindfully to your plan.

Balance your courses. Learn to triage your courses—that is, to spend different amounts of time on each course, depending on how important or difficult that course is. Do not spend all your time on the course you find most enjoyable or easiest to do, or on the one that is the hardest at the expense of your other classes.

Say no. During periods of peak work, like midterms, seminar presentations, and exam times, shed commitments that are not absolutely necessary. The rewards will be worth it.

Try to align jobs with your goals. Most Hunter students work alongside their coursework at some point in college. Consider the hidden costs of a job, such as travel time, missed classes, and graduation delays. Seek jobs that also allow you to explore a career interest, like an hourly job in a field of interest or offering a skill.