Learning how to manage time effectively is an important skill for students to master. Many students struggle with finding the time to complete all their assignments, leading to overwhelming feelings of frustration. To help with this dilemma, we have created a list of time management strategies for students of all ages to help them (and their parents) avoid procrastination and school stress.
1. Create a master schedule
Make a master schedule that your child can use to block off time to work on their assignments. This will help your child prioritize projects and provide a structure to help keep them on track to meet due dates. Use a different colored pen for each subject so your child can follow the schedule quickly and easily. Use this to block out hours for TV and computer to avoid falling into a trap of wasting time on leisure instead of working on assignments.
2. Use an agenda
Help your child plan out their daily tasks and encourage them to cross off the tasks once they have been accomplished. This will get them in the habit of looking ahead to all upcoming assignments and recording the due dates in their agenda. It is also a lot of fun to see how many tasks you cross off and understand how hard you are working!
3. Eliminate distractions
There are plenty of distractions that prevent your child from focusing on their work. When it’s time to get down to work, have your child turn off or silence their cell phones. Better yet, find a work area far from distractions. Any time on the master schedule that is dedicated to school work should be electronic- and conversation-free.
4. Set goals for each study session
Help your child set specific goals for each day, like how many math questions to complete or how many pages of a book report to write. The agenda and master schedule will help with planning your child’s daily goals so assignments can be completed on time.
5. Start working on assignments early
Good time management skills mean starting an assignment well before it is due. Sit down with your child each week to review upcoming assignments and tests, then add them to the master schedule and agenda. Schedule time to start working on them well before they are due so your child isn’t stressed and scrambling to meet the due dates.
6. Work on one thing at a time
Your child should work on one task at a time, giving it their undivided attention. Although it seems like more can be accomplished with multitasking, splitting attention between more than one task isn’t an effective way to learn. Focusing on one task will help your child complete it more efficiently and effectively.
Our team at Acakid hopes that these time management tips can help your child start being more productive. Becoming better at managing time allows students to become more organized, more confident, and learn effectively!