About this Skill
Time management is one of the most important skills for college students to master during their first few years in school. Metro students in particular often face very challenging demands on their time: work, school, family responsibilities, and other commitments. Add the shift in learning environment from high school to more difficult college courses, and time management becomes even more critical. This lesson introduces students to very practical time management methods, making it clear that they’ll fine-tune what works for them.
If possible, cover this lesson early in the semester, after the Syllabus Reading lesson.
Students will be able to:
- Work with the class syllabus and a planner to note their deadlines and major assignments for this class into a planner.
- Identify their priorities—the most important things to spend their time on.
- Prepare a realistic weekly schedule that includes class and study time.
- Use one to-do list keep track of what to do each week.
This lesson suggests using three class periods with some homework. You can break this up differently if you want.
Lesson 1 (60 minutes):
- Introduction – 5 minutes
- Case Study Activity (small groups) – 15 – 20 minutes
- Time Management Strategies
- Write down what you need to do. (5 minutes)
- Put semester deadlines in your planner. (20-30 minutes if students do in class; option to assign this as homework)
Lesson 2 (about 30 minutes):
- Time Management Strategies, continued
- Identify your priorities. (5 – 10 minutes, in-class activity)
- Set up a weekly schedule. (10 – 15 minute discussion in class, homework assignment to prepare a weekly schedule)
- Use a weekly to-do list. (10 minute discussion in class, homework – prepare a to-do list)
Lesson 3 (20 minutes):
- Compare notes on weekly schedule/to-do list homework. (10 minutes)
- Wrap-up discussion (10 minutes)