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This activity will help
you to determine how you are spending your time and whether you need to make
adjustments in your schedule in order to accommodate your goals and priorities.
Please note that some of
these strategies are "visual" by nature and may not be appropriate
for students who have visual disabilities. However, these links are made available
so that all students may have the option of considering the use and value of
these strategies for themselves.
- Print, then complete
the weekly schedule, filling in the ways
you spend your time as accurately as possible.
- Once you have completed
this form, determine how many hours you spend in the following activities:
- Time traveling
to and from school: _____
- Time in class:
- Time spent studying:
- Time spent traveling
to and from work: _____
- Total hours spent
on the job each week: _____
Family and Friends
- Time on the phone:
- Dating and/or meeting
with friends: _____
- Family time/child
Now ask yourself the
- Sleep: _____
- Eating: _____
- Chores/personal business:
- Spiritual life: _____
- Total Hours: _____
- Have I allowed
enough time to do all the things I want/need to do? (Subtract your total
from 168, the total number of hours in a week.)
- Have I allowed
enough time for study? You should schedule at least 2 hours of study
for every hour that you are in class. (12 credits = 24 hours of study
- What can I do to
adjust my schedule so there will be enough time for everything?
Suggestions: Cut your work hours? Drop a class? Work for a year
and then start college? Use your time more efficiently?
You may need to take some
time to sort out your goals and to prioritize how you want to spend your time.
You can meet with a counselor at the College. (Ask for help.)
There are also several courses at Bucks that can help you to set goals and determine
how to manage your time:
- Print, then fill in
your Semester Schedule. As you receive syllabi
from your instructors, fill in the dates when quizzes, tests, papers, and
important projects are due. Also fill in important personal dates like birthdays,
holidays and special events in your life. This will help you to determine
when you will be especially busy and to plan accordingly. (See also section
on writing a paper.)
- In order to help yourself
to manage your time on a daily basis, you may want to keep a "to do"
list for each day. Write down what you need to do, then prioritize. You may
want to purchase an appointment book for this purpose as well as for keeping
a record of assignments as they are given in class. Some people find it helpful
to refer back to their semester schedule to make sure that they are on track
for getting long-term assignments done on time.
Check out the section on this web site on Managing
Your Time and Study Environment for more information.
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