17 - Time Management for College Students
Of all the programs that the average college student will likely overcome least is time management. Given the numerous tasks and concerns of the college student ranging from issues on allowances, deadlines, projects, term papers, peers, personal problems, family concerns, jobs, etc. the college student have so much going in their hands. And yet if the college student is to be a professional some day, this is also one of the best advises that they have to take. The following is a simple illustration on how time blocks should be assigned to ensure that time divisions are set for the achievement of basic goals.
The Two Main Hour allocation
Fixed/Given Time = 113 hours every week.
Keeping a good balance between the activities involves determining of what should really be accomplished first and so on. The primary goal is to attend lessons and pass the course. Typical advice but boring. Still that is the objective. Most time spent will have to revolve around that to ensure that the goal is reached.
This is primarily the reason why time management for the college student is paramount. The following are hours that are fixed requirements. You can add or take away a few minutes from it but beyond that may no longer be realistic.
Consider this weekly time allowance:
- - Everybody have 168 hours in one week.
- - Sleep = 7 hours for the average adult. Given one hour plus or minus, sleep eats that much time. 7 hours x 7 days = 49 hours
- - Lecture and lab time per week = 25 hours
- - Personal necessities (eating, grooming, hygiene, etc) = 2 hours a day x 7 = 14 hours
- - Study time at one hour per subject (average) = 25 hours
- - Other students will need short naps between classes. Some students do not need in between naps. This is why it is not included in the time allocation. If you however need it, block another 30 minutes per day or according to your requirement.
The Free Time
If you have followed the computation, you are left with 55 hours for the week that you can use. If you allocate 4 hours each day for socializing and doing other personal things like jobs, attending extra curricular activities, writing letters, checking on e-mail etc you will still have 28 hours for the week that could be spent further on study periods or your personal time. That still leaves you with almost four hours a day.
More than enough time to enjoy things that you like to do most. Enough time also to personalize your schedule as you see fit. Once done, the key is sticking to it.
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