1. Make a plan
    1. Busy weeks can be very overwhelming. Breaking everything down and making a game plan can help those overwhelming weeks feel a little more manageable.
  2. Check your syllabus
    1. Check your syllabus at key points in the semester. Right when you get it, midterms, and finals season. See if the due dates are still on track and make sure you’re staying on top of anything that may be coming up.
  3. Buy a calendar
    1. Whether it’s a planner, a desk calendar, or the iCal app on your computer, a calendar is essential for managing your time well. It helps you to see when assignments are about to pile up and can help you budget your time effectively!
  4. Outline everything
    1. Instead of sitting down to do a project all in one sitting, create an outline! It can break up overwhelming projects and help you to portion them out more easily.
  5. Do preliminary work
    1. Many assignments or papers require preliminary research or review. After organizing an outline, read your sources and find quotes and facts that you think would benefit your project! It makes writing the actual assignment much easier, and you will feel more confident in starting the assignment.
  6. Set personal due dates
    1. This is a big one. Create goals for yourself and stick to them! Maybe you need to write them down, maybe you ask your roommate to keep you accountable. No matter your method, setting personal due dates for yourself will help you to stay on track and keep up with your work.
  7. Take a break when you need one
    1. Nobody is productive after sitting in front of a computer screen for 8 hours, it’s just impossible. Be sure that you’re taking frequent breaks to keep your productivity up and maximize your time. A good go-to is a 15-minute break every hour or so. Make sure to get up and move around, take a stretch! Just get your body moving and your mind disengaged for a few minutes to avoid burnout.
  8. Review assignments early
    1. The early bird gets the worm. This is definitely true for your coursework. There is nothing more overwhelming than realizing that a paper you thought was only a 2-page review is actually part of a 12-page project. Make sure to read the assignment thoroughly to ensure that you’re leaving enough time to not just get the project done, but to do it well.
  9. Make a list of questions for your professor
    1. So, you’ve reviewed your assignments early, well done. Now you have the chance to ask your professors any questions you may have! This is a double-duty tip– it helps you to get all the information you need before 11 pm on the night that your paper is due AND it lets the professors know you’re taking their assignments seriously. Professors never mind explaining their assignments and instructions, or answering any questions surrounding them, when you talk to them ahead of time. No professor wants to be answering emails about a paper they assigned 4 months ago 40 minutes before you’re due to submit it. Get your questions asked ahead of time!
  10. Create a to-do list
    1. This is the most basic (and the easiest!) way to get on top of your time management. Create a to-do list, putting the most important tasks at the top, and cross off each item as you complete it. It helps you to stay productive and makes you feel accomplished as you go through your projects!


-Maggie McGill, ’20