Time Management can be very powerful as you are preparing for your semester.
There are many strategies and apps that support time management.
It is a method to assist you in finding the balance between school, sleep, and your social life by looking at devoting 8 hours a day to those three things. It may help to think about school as your full-time job and defining 8 hours a day to work on your schoolwork which includes class time and the time to read, prepare notes, complete assignments. Typical students require 2 times the amount of time in class or credit hours enrolled per week. For example, I’m taking 12 credits of classes, I need to plan 24 hours outside of class per week to do the work to prepare for the classes.
Digital Calendars make this strategy pretty easy to implement. The benefit to digital calendars is they are cloud-based, sync across multiple devices, send notifications to mobile devices, and usually have a place you can keep a list of tasks to get done during the time you are planning.
Assignment Calculators to help break long term assignments down into a workable timeline. There are many out there but a majority of them are for writing research papers. The University of Toronto has a calculator that breaks down several different assignment types into manageable pieces.
University of Toronto’s Assignment Calculator
Get distracted while online?
Strict Workflow – a timer-based extension available in Google Chrome that blocks certain websites for 25 minutes at a time and then gives you a 5-minute window to access distracting websites (customizable blacklist).
Pomodoro Timers – apps to support the Pomodoro Technique of staying focused for 25 minutes on a task and then taking a 5-minute break.