It is already May. Where did the last four months go?

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86,400 seconds, 1440 minutes or 24 hours.

That is how much time we have every day to create, learn, have fun and achieve our goals.

I have worked in student services for over 5 years and I have supported a lot of Domestic and International students both on and off campus.

During my time supporting them I realised that the common problem students struggle with is Time Management

I understand that being a student, juggling family life, job(s) and adhering to social commitments can be quite a challenge.

Developing good time management skills is essential for keeping on top of study demands and still having time left over for other important life commitments.

The best advice, I received and what I constantly share with students in my role at Didasko, are the following 3 recommendations of ways in which one could approach managing their study time more effectively.

  1. Prioritisation

Identify tasks that need to be attended to immediately, in a few hours and, those tasks that could be completed in a few days. This will help you manage your time more effectively.

Also, completing the most important tasks first will help you feel more productive and motivated to tackle and finish the next task.

  1. Organisation tools

You may prefer to use a calendar and write down your day to day activities and tasks. However, with today’s evolving technology time management apps are easily available online and can be downloaded on the phone.

These apps are a great way of keeping on top of your study schedule.

  1. Setting realistic goals

The importance of time management is the ability to use your time in a manner which serves your goals. Using your schedule and to set reasonable daily and weekly goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely).

Finally, don’t forget to treat yourself when you finish a task and achieve your goal. You will be refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to achieve your next goal.

With 86,400 seconds in a day I am sure we can all set aside a few thousand to relax with family or friends and reflect on 1440 minutes well spent.

…posted by Alifya A.

Disclaimer: The postings on this site are personal opinions of the author and don’t necessarily represent the position or opinion of the Didasko Group.

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