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Time Management Tips for Students

Time management is one of the most important study skills that a school student needs to master-- but it's also one of the most difficult tasks. When you're a student, conflicting responsibilities pile up quickly as - multiple classes, home work, campus activities, social obligations, and so forth.

The following Tips may definitely help you.

Keep a Detailed Calendar It's almost impossible to remember everything you need to do in your head. You need a system to keep track of all your deadlines and obligations-- a low-tech desk calendar or weekly planner, a high-tech PDA, Microsoft Outlook, or whatever works best for you. For some students, a time chart is the best solution. As soon as you become aware of a deadline, record it in the calendar, and be sure to look at upcoming dates in the calendar frequently. Be sure to record all other obligations as well, including your work schedule.

Plan Out Your Time It's not a good idea to pick up your books and start working until you're finished-- because you may not have enough time to accomplish all your tasks. Figure out how much time you have for each assignment, and plot this out in your calendar. Try to give yourself some extra time for each assignment in case one takes longer than you expected.

When you plan out your time, be sure to schedule in study breaks with recreation for health culture i.e Excercise and some eateries. Working straight through without a break can make you less efficient and somewhat insane.

Prioritize If you have a long list of tasks to complete, you may need to prioritize and spend more time with some tasks than others. If that chemistry lab is simply more important than that history paper, allot more time to the lab-- although be sure to leave yourself a reasonable amount of time for the paper as well. You'll also need to prioritize activities, work, and any other obligations.

An important part of prioritization is to avoid over-committing your time. In order to get the most important tasks completed well, it may be necessary to make fewer obligations to campus organizations, friends, or other drains on your schedule. Learn how to say no.

Avoid Procastinations and Distractions Scheduled study breaks are a good thing. Procastination is not. It's difficult and perhaps impossible to avoid all procastination, but if you're going to manage your time effectively, you need to learn how to keep it to a minimum. A detailed schedule is one good way to help you keep on track and avoid wasting time.

In a world full of text messaging and computer games, the distractions available to students are abundant and hard to resist.