Tip #5: Time Management

Time management involves balancing all the activities in which a person participates within the confines of the week.

Today’s college students are more than just students. They are also athletes, parents, employees, heads of households, and volunteers, just to name a few titles. Balancing home, school, work and everyday life can be a real juggling act.

Why is time management important?

Successful time management allows students to use time more efficiently to prepare for classes, study, and remember information – three key habits that foster learning and college success. Time management can also reduces stress, as students plan ahead and allot time appropriately to differing tasks. Good time management promotes greater self-confidence as students experience success coping with the many demands on their time.

There are several ways for students to manage their time and be successful in every aspect of their lives.


  • Setting goals
  • Slowing down
  • Handling situations as they arise
  • Using a daily planner
  • Prioritizing goals and “to do” lists
  • Internal links for time management

    • The Counseling Department at SCC offers Human Career Development 110 and 310 courses which will assist with time management strategies as well as many other topics that promote student success.
  • External links for time management

    Dartmouth C0llege Academic Skills Center provides several useful handouts for time management.

    Study Guides and Strategies: Time Management offers a handout on time management.

  • Sources:

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).

    Study Guides and Strategies

    Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center