What Are Some Tips for Time Management for College Students?


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According to U.S. News & World Report, time management tips for college students include scheduling classes back-to-back with little time in between, making time for sleep, planning ahead, attending class and knowing their body’s rhythms (night owl or early bird). The College Board gives additional tips, including for students to keep work with them at all times and to sometimes say no.

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Students should keep work with them at all times because they may have free time sporadically throughout the day, and these minutes add up. During this time, students can get substantial work done, but only if they have the assignments with them. The College Board also recommends that students have a to-do list for every day. They should put the tasks with the most priority at the top, do them first and set rewards once the activities on the list have been completed. The board also explains that it is okay to say no to parties or social engagements once in a while to get work done.

U.S. News & World Report recommends class scheduling in blocks versus in pieces throughout the day, because the former gives students larger swaths of studying time. If possible, classes should be scheduled for two to four days a week, leaving at least one entire weekday open per week.

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