The organizational skills related to class note taking are just one facet of good study habits. A related study skill is time management: learning how to develop a schedule that allocates a set amount of time to studying and homework. Since this is a skill that many students struggle with, we’ve directed this post to teachers and educators. Suggest the following tips to your students to help them improve their time management savvy through smart scheduling practices.
Most students are juggling homework assignments and studying requirements for multiple classes each day. It can be difficult for even the most conscientious student to map out these various demands and figure out how much time to allocate to each class and project.
This is where using a spreadsheet program—like WPS Office Spreadsheets—can come in handy. Since WPS Office and its Spreadsheets app are available free of charge, you can recommend this time management aid to any student, including those who are budget-conscious. One of the great things about the program is that it’s 100 percent compatible with Microsoft Excel, so most students will have at least some familiarity with how to use Spreadsheets.
Using Excel and Spreadsheets greatly simplifies the job of planning out a study and homework schedule, since these programs contain templates that are predesigned for entering schedule-related information. For example, students can choose a template (or create a customized one) that allows them to enter the names of their classes in the first column of cells, the time that the class starts and ends in the next two columns of cells, and the number of hours spent per class in the next column. Students can continue on down the row entering planned hours for homework and studying in each class and create formulas that tally the hours per day to ensure that they don’t spend too much time on any one assignment, leaving too little time for others.
To help ensure that students can make the most out of their scheduling software, they should keep in mind the following best practices when planning their time for their studies outside of the classroom:
When students learn to improve their scheduling habits, they’ll be better able to work toward their goals and achieve academic success. Our final posts in this series will share some additional resources to help students get the most out of their upcoming school year and beyond.