Your Questions About Time Management Strategies

This post answers questions about time management strategies.

George asks…

Describe at least two specific time management strategies?

Describe at least two specific time management strategies that can be used to help maximize the use of time and reach your educational goals.


Erik Wolf answers:

You could try some software – I find it helps me keep track of exactly how much time I spend on each individual task (often with very surprising results, let me tell you!). I like Franklin Covey Planning Products
because they’re so easy to use. Once you know how much time you’re spending on various things, you can plan ahead in a clear and realistic way. That should help you reach your goals.

That’s what I do, anyway – good luck! Oh, you might want to take a look at this post about 10 Tips for Time Management.

Donald asks…

What are some good organization and time management strategies?

I seem to be completely disorganized when it comes to my classes and assignments. I start the school year being so organized that I actually overachieve and get As on everything but then I steadily descend into a period of slacking off and laziness. I have no idea why. How can I make it easier to become organized and become motivated? I recently failed a super tough honors class and now I have to attend summer school! That’s just not me. I really need some help and advice. Thanks.


Erik Wolf answers:

I can relate. At the beginning of the school year, you HAVE to start and maintain a routine. It actually kind of sucks that you are more motivated at the beginning of the school year and not the end because, at the end, final projects and exams are when it’s really useful. One of the best time management strategies is if you set yourself a routine and you force yourself to keep it, you are set for success. This might sound like bull, but there is no easy way to be successful in school or the real world.

Carol asks…

I am terrible at managing my time. What are some good time management strategies?

I am a college freshman if that helps (lots of papers to write).

Thank you!


Erik Wolf answers:

– First identify in which ways you don’t manage your time effectively
– Create a semester schedule
– Assess and plan your workload each week
– Adjust your plan each day
– Evaluate your schedule (twice a day)
– Track where your time goes

Laura asks…

Can you describe at least two specific time management strategies that can be used to help maximize the time you use with school classes that can aid in your educational goals?


Erik Wolf answers:

Hi Rachelle,

Here are three time management strategies for you:

1) Learn to take notes when your teacher makes key informational points. See attachment below about how to take notes.

2) If you do not understand something, ask for clarification. (Your teacher may prefer to take questions at the end of a lesson).

3) Be on-time for classes and have pen and paper ready. Try to stay on-task.


Taking Notes in Class
In classes, your teachers will talk about topics that you are studying. The information they provide will be important for you to know when you take tests. You must be able to take well-written notes from what your teachers say.

Taking good notes is a three-stage process in which there are certain things you should do before class, during class, and after class. Here are the three stages of note-taking and what you should do during each stage.

1. Get Ready to Take Notes (Before Class)
Review your notes from the previous class session before you come to class. This will help you remember what was covered and get you ready to understand new information your teacher provides.

Complete all assigned readings before you come to class. Your teacher will expect that you have done this and will use and build upon this information.
Bring all note-taking materials with you to class. Have several pens and pencils as well as your notebook.

2. Take Notes (During Class)
Keep your attention focused on what your teacher is saying. Listen for “signal statements” that tell you that what your teacher is about to say is important to write your notes. Examples of signal statements are “The most important point…” and “Remember that . . . “ Be sure to include in your notes information that your teacher repeats or writes on the chalkboard.

Write quickly so that you can include all the important information in your notes. Do this by writing abbreviated words such as med for medicine, using symbols such as % for percent, and writing short sentences.

Place a Question Mark (?) next to an information you write in your notes, but about whose meaning you are not sure. Research or ask for clarification.

3. Rewrite Your Notes (After Class)
Rewrite your notes to make them more complete by changing abbreviated words into whole words, symbols into words, and shortened sentences into longer sentences.

Make your notes more accurate by answering any questions you had when writing your notes in class. Use your textbook and reference sources to obtain the information you need to answer your questions. If necessary, ask your teacher or other students for help.

Check with other students to be sure you did not leave out important information.
Having good class notes will help you to be better prepared for tests.

Hope that helps.

James asks…

Four benefits you will receive as a student by using effective time management strategies?


Erik Wolf answers:

Here are four beneficial time management strategies:

1. Always be on time
2. Always be prepared
3. Always be relaxed
4. Always know what to do next

I hope that answers your questions about time management strategies.

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