Essay On Importance Of Time For Students
Time Management - The key to being a successful student:
Time management is not a skill we are usually taught growing up, so developing an organised approach to your studies is an opportunity to learn how to work more efficiently.
Good time management
What is the most valuable resource you have as you work towards your exams this year? Why, time of course! You only have so much of it and sometimes it feels like it just flies by. Come exam time, students often wonder where all of the time went. Then, at other times, it feels like the day will never end. The important thing to remember is that there are 24 hours in every day and that is the same for everyone. Because no student has more time than another, sometimes good time management can make all the difference in achieving great exam results. This is another skill which we are not taught as we grow up, but now it’s time for you to learn how to control your time – and how to spend it wisely. If you can achieve this, you will be able to make sure that the time you spend studying gives you the maximum amount of learning possible.
Although it may sometimes feel like a waste of time, you will actually gain huge time savings when you take a few minutes to plan out your day. Below are some of the many reasons why you may want to learn how to plan your everyday life and get organised in your studies:
It helps prioritise – good timetabling helps you take care of the important and urgent tasks first.
- It helps with being realistic – we often don’t realise how long a task really takes. Timetabling shows you how long you spend on common tasks such as essay writing and problem solving.
- It helps you procrastinate less – with a written list of tasks you are more likely to sit down and just get it done.
- It helps you be more productive – you should know exactly what you will study before you sit down at your desk.
- It helps give you more freedom – when you plan ahead, you know that you’ll be finished at a certain time. Students who don’t plan well often find themselves working all evening without realising it.
- It helps reduce guilt – if you know that you’ve achieved your goals for the day then you can spend your free time without your studies on your mind.
- It helps you track your progress – stick to your timetable and you know that you are on course to get everything done.
- It helps you plan for the long-term – good organisation removes the uncertainty from your study and helps you focus on getting the best results possible.
Good planning is the key to getting the most from all of your activities. This discipline also helps create a good study-life balance and will benefit you in many areas of your life for years to come.
The clear message so far is that good organisation is the key to being a successful student. You have to trust me when I tell you that an organised approach to your studies will mean that you will have to work less over the coming year. With better organisation you will be on top of things from day one and won’t have to cram come exam time. I know it sounds too easy, but it really is the secret to success.
I have found the best approach to be one which breaks your goals up into three different types: short, medium and long-term. A great way for students to describe these would be as daily, weekly and term goals. You can record these in your study planner, with daily goals being quite detailed and term goals being more general and giving you an overall understanding of your studies:
- Your daily plan can hold a day by day account of yourassignments andareas of study. The best time to prepare your study plan is in the evening time, when you have finished studying and know what needs to be done the following day, so make a to-do list or list of short-term goals for the next day then.
- Your weekly plan can be used to give you an overall plan for the week, a list of approaching tests and tasks to be achieved over the seven days.
- Your term calendar gives you a broad view of your semester and helps you to plan ahead. Use this to mark all school assignments, tests, and activities (along with due dates) so that you don’t overlook them by mistake.
A realistic schedule:
Remember, when it comes to study, a realistic timetable is really important. A timetable which is too demanding will cause stress for you and work will pile up before you know it. So keep it simple and plan according to the time you have available – make sure you don’t overload yourself. You will become a better, more productive student as a result.
Take the following tips into consideration when putting together your timetable:
- Do the groundwork! Spend time on planning and organising yourself.
- Set SMART goals.
- Prioritise your goals and allocation of time.
Use a to-do list every day. Prepare it the night before.
- Be flexible – adapt your timetable if something unplanned comes up. Remember to reschedule the missed hours.
- Consider at what time you are at your best. Then plan to study at this time when you will be most productive, for effective time management.
- Start as you mean to finish – in control and successful.
- Avoid being a perfectionist – if something does not work, start again, see what went wrong and approach it differently.
- Don’t tackle big projects all at once, but break them into manageable chunks. This will make your life easier inApril when the projects are due.
- Don’t forget to break up your study time and don’t study longer than an hour in one go, taking at least a five minute break between study periods.
- Try to develop and stick to a regular study routine which helps prevent procrastination.
- Don’t forget to reward yourself, giving you the motivation to make the extra effort.
How much should I study?
This is a question which every student asks at some point in their studies. It’s easy to be worried by classmates who claim to be up all night studying. You must remember that it’s not the amount of time spent studying, but rather the quality of the study that counts. It’s also important to note that there is no one answer for everyone. Some students study more effectively than others and will not need to spend as long studying. Each student will find some subjects more difficult than others and have to spend more time mastering those. As always, it’s best to focus on your own needs and abilities. Your goal should be to improve your study methods so that you maximise the results of your work.
Before looking at the amount of time you need to spend studying, remember the following points:
- Some subjects consume more of your time than others. This is natural and it will depend on how much work you need to do in each one.
- It’s easy to focus on the subjects we like most, so be careful not to neglect other subjects.
- It can be difficult to keep on top of everything during the week, so the weekend can be a good time to catch up in some areas.
Every student is different, but below is a rough guide to how many hours you should spend every day on homework and study combined. Remember, it takes experimentation to find out what suits you. Your study times should most of all suit your academic needs and goals:
- First year – 1.5 hours per day
- Second year – 2 hrs per day
- Third year – 2.5/3hrs per day
- Fifth year – 3-4hrs per day
- Sixth year – 3.5hrs-5hrs per day
This is just a rough guideline which should be adapted as your situation requires. Of course, the hours should be increased close to exam time to help you with extra revision or project work and each student will have different amounts of work to complete, depending on subject choices and how much preparation has been done so far.
Creating an effective study timetable:
Many of my past students believe that creating their own study timetable was one of the best steps they took to improve their exam results. They suddenly felt in control and on top of of their studies. They now had a proper structure to guide them every day. They said that they finally started to make the most of theirtime. Most of all, every student tells me that it helped give them a properstudy-life balance – something which is hard to achieve during the Leaving or Junior Cert.
Preparation is essential to achieving the most from your school day. I strongly advise you to spend the first half an hour of your evening noting and revising the main topics covered in your classes that day. This will not only help reinforce the key concepts from each class, but also highlight potential areas of weakness where you need extra study to understand things fully. Always start with a subject you dread or find difficult. Not only will you get it out of the way before you are too tired, but with this extra attention you’ll find that you understand the topic more each time and may even grow to like it.
- Using a blank timetable, write out your daily class schedule and any extra-curricular activities you have.
- Decide how long you will spend on study each day. Divide the total study hours by the number of subjects, and allocate equal time for each subject – while making sure to keep a few spare hours for subjects that may need extra attention.
- Plan to study at least three subjects each day (to keep your study varied and stimulating).
- Remember, Friday evening is a great time to complete homework for the weekend and leave Saturday and Sunday free for study purposes.
- It is recommended that a Leaving Cert student should aim to study between four and eight hours at the weekend. This may seem like a lot but when you break it up into two or three hour slots, such as 9-12pm and 4 -6pm, it’s not so daunting.
- Make sure you take the afternoon or evening off to reward yourself on one of the days, to socialise or relax.
You will need to include time on your weekly planner for:
a) Homework assignments
b) On-going working assignments
c) New material covered in each subject
d) General revision for exams or revision of material already covered.
- To determine short-term goals or weekly needs, each Sunday use additional copies of the planner that you have created yourself to draw up a specific study plan for the coming week specifying exactly what you will work on in time slots of your term/month planner.
- Discuss your timetable with your friends and family to let them know when you are free and when you aredue to study. They will understand that you must study and will make an effort to fit into your free slots.
Rewards and a reminder:
It is a good idea to build rewards into your timetable to act as a motivator. These could include an hour’s relaxation for writing an essay or a day off once a month for a good grade or for finishing an assignment. Just don’t go overboard.
Remember the saying: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
Orla Ní Shúilleabháin,The Irish Times: Exam Times, 2013.
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Time management is important for students to do the study with focus.Time management is important for students to get high marks. Student’s success in studies depends much on managing time efficiently. The habits and morals they acquire during schools time and home will stick with them throughout future.
Time management shapes the student’s mind into the direction of discipline and sense of duty. Discipline is extremely important especially in school lifeto become better students. Time management is a skill that enables students to use their time productively and efficiently.
Time management is not taught as an academic subject in schools. Students have to utilise their 24 hours to become best students and experts in the subject. The focus of learning time management skills is just to develop the habits of spending time wisely.
Why is time management important?
1. Students get a minimum of one year time to pass one class. One whole year’s time students spend on completing syllabus, doing homework, giving exams. Some students only start studying seriously when the exam dates are near. If students manage their time for studying as early as they begin a new class and study regularly by the following timetable then it helps them to accomplish more in the class than other students.
2. Today businessmen, leaders and freelancers need to take control of their time. All of us are not productive in our 9 to 5 working schedule. Today we’re are fighting with time to control it. It’s not that easy while there are hundreds of commands being given to us. We are busy but not busy in things that generate values. Today managers try to make their employees productive at the office. Employees are also learning to manage time effectively. That’s very important to achieve success at work with less effort. Students need to follow to do list and need to set time table for every activity. If students priorities their task based on the importance then it will very helpful in their career.
3. During exams, students need to complete the attempted question paper. During exams the time is limited. Within that time they have to prove what they learned in the whole year. Some students have great knowledge and know almost everything about the subject but they failed to attempt the question paper in 2-3 hours fixed time. That is why managing time for all questions is really important. All questions are important to get maximum marks. Students need to understand what question require more time. How can all 10 or 5 question be answered in 3 hours time? Three things are very helpful for students to attempt question paper.
First of all, if the students learned regularly about the subjects and question then they don’t have to worry about the time because they know the answer immediately without too much thought. Secondly, if they learned well from their teachers how to attempt question paper in a fixed time they will do well. The third is their own creativity. For instance, few students do most difficult questions first, which takes more time and then go for the other questions. These kind of time management skills are really great.
In future when students face time management questions in an interview they perform better. Time conscious students who are great in managing time during their study are able to do more work later in a job than others. They don’t get stressed because of project deadlines. They become more productive than others.
As you may be knowing, how to become more productive at work is a trending search on Google. Today when you can see that many governments and private sector service provider waste precious time of citizens and customers, that’s poor time management. Our students are the future of our country and if they waste time and have poor time management skills, then how will they become great doctors, engineer, businessmen, team members etc. Such people today live in stress and anxiety because of competitions and deadlines. Poor time management skills are another reason for stress. Stress leads such people to follow bad habits. That’s why I think if students are great in time management then we can hope they will definitely contribute to the development of our nation.
Teachers, schools and colleges try their best. But parents also need to understand to teach good habits to their kids. In that way, teacher’s time will not be wasted on teaching about time management skills. But it’s also true that if parents are not punctual about their own time how can their kids be. That’s how I think. I can be wrong but this is my opinion.
The goal of time management for students is to reduce the stress and increase confidence for the exams. We often heard of the term “exam fever” from students. Which is nothing but the anxiousness due to lack of time needed for studying? Students often say they don’t have enough time to study. So where is the student’s time going? Why do some students excel while others keep complaining about the lack of time? Not all students know about the time management skills. Even some students perform better than others without the knowledge or thinking about time management. Students have more time than any other person. The aim of students is to perform better in the exam and implement the lessons of teachers in real life.
Today student’s time is consumed by various things. Such as heavy load of homework, family get together, gadgets, Internet, games and TV. Everything looks interesting and important when we’re students. But when the exam comes students and parents start getting stress. Competition to get more marks increases stress in students and parents. But some students are still happy and confident to perform best and parents don’t even feel any stress. That’s how good habits play their role. Generally, it’s all about having good time management skills that separate the good students from average ones. So let’s try to understand where this time goes? How students can get their time back for using it on beneficial activities.
Usually, a student’s time allocation is prefixed by the school and universities as per their schedule and timetable. There is the fixed time for each class, lunch and for physical activities. Teachers and authorities try to make sure that students stay focused on the tasks at hand. They try to utilise every minute by avoiding wastage of time on unnecessary activities. Schools and teachers do their best in managing time of students in schools. But what about the time of students after leaving school. Do all students know how to manage time effectively? Unfortunately not!
Many students think that since the schools or college time is over they can spend their time as they wish. That’s great! Students need freedom. They are right! They have freedom to use social media. They have freedom to play games. They have a freedom choose whatever they like to do. But hours and hours spent on browsing the Internet, posting selfies on social media, playing games and chatting on WhatsApp never come again. Without following proper time table for entertainment and studies, students will waste their precious time on such activities.
All those activities which do not add anything to the students’ knowledge and development are a waste of time. Students lose focus from what was taught at school. At the end of the day students falls behind on their homework and time needed for exam preparation.
So, let’s take a look at a few tips on how students can maximise their time. What are the ways that students can follow for utilization of time to achieve better results?
Time management goals for students
Student’s time management strategy should be created by considering the specific end goals. Following are the examples of time management goals that help students to create a timetable that they can follow along with enjoying.
The first goal of students – Time to study what is taught by teachers in schools or in college.
Second goal – Time for class homework
Third Goal – Preparation for upcoming exams
Third goals – Time for Family & Friends
Fourth Goal – Time for playing games, watching TV & social media
Fifth Goal – Time for physical activities/Exercise/Yoga
So let’s create a time table sheet based on the end goals of students. Following is an example of Timetable created by including 5 subjects and considering above goals. This timetable is not including school time. In this time sheet example, we’re including only time spend at home.
Below time table is just an example that students can follow by customising according to their suitability. You can create Timetable or schedule in Microsoft Excel sheet or in your notebook.
|Time – Table, School Time – 10 am to 4 PM|
Morning Time Schedule
|4 AM to 5 AM||Studying about English Subject||1-2 question / Chapter|
|10 Minutes Break|
|5:10 AM to 6:10 AM||Studying about Math||1-2 question /Chapter|
|6:20 AM to 7:20 AM||Studying about Social Science||1-2 question/Chapter|
|10 Minutes Break|
|7:30 AM to 8 AM||Yoga, Exercise|
|8:10 AM to 9 AM||Bathing, Praying, Breakfast||Healthy diet|
|10 Minutes Break|
|9:00 AM||Ready to go to school|
|Evening Time Schedule|
|5 PM to 6 PM||Evening snacks/ Sleeping or rest|
|6 PM to 7 PM||Playing outdoors/indoor games with friends|
|7 PM to 9 PM||Home Work|
|9 PM to 10 PM||Dinner/Watching TV / Spending time with family|
|10 PM to 11 PM||Remaining Homework if any else studying particular subjects|
I know that the above-given timetable or schedule looks very tough to follow but it’s great if anyone will follow this kind of routine during their study time. It will make students punctual, disciplined, intelligent and sharp minded. Studying daily and making it a habit not only reduces stress in schools but also make students happy and healthy.
Goal setting is important to manage time effectively for students
Settings goals are important in our life. Not all the time we need to set goals. We can also achieve bigger things without setting goals. We need to set goals when we’re not focused when our time is wasted on unproductive things. When there is a tough situation in business and life. Or we’re facing competitions or fighting for good things. Then we need to set goals.
Goal setting for students is also important but It’s not necessary to teach small kids very early in life about time management. It can be too stressful for them to understand and grasp at such a young age. Instead, we can try to build good habits without giving the weight of goals. If students follow good habits and utilise their presence of mind for the greater things no other external advice is required. But this kind of cases not comes in our life all time.
Students can set time management goals by considering following things:-
- Set goals for the subject in which they are not performing well or getting low marks.
- Students can set goals for good health. They can set to become smarter and healthier.
- Students can set goals that they will include in the Timesheet specific time for study, time for personal development, time for family and time for friends.
If students set goals by considering the things they are not good at then definitely it will help! Setting goals for study, creating to-do list and enjoying the life without the stress of study will be helpful. When students set goals and priorities the task they will achieve more grades than others. Why because they managed and lived the life not only for entertainment but for a cause.
If someone’s parents want their kids to become doctors, engineer or something else than they have to be like that from starts to finish. Setting goals and using to-do list helps students to prioritise their time on specific things they want to improve.
If someone goal is to improve English they can set and get time for study daily about English. Such as they will learn each day 5 new English words in the morning. So this is why goal setting is important for time management.
Prioritising task based on their importance in a particular time is the key to effective time management. The most effective time management for students is prioritising of tasks. Not all tasks are important. But students need to find out which task is more important than other?When they have to be done and within what period? Which is the right time for a particular task? For instance, in a break during the preparation of exams playing computer games are not important, but if they do yoga in that break it will calm their mind and help with the exam preparation.
So, if you’re a student then think what is possible to do that helps you to become the good student. What are the things you have at your disposal that can help you to manage time? Take help from parents, ask them how you can utilise time. How they can support you etc. Time management is the just presence of mind. In this case, you have to decide what is right for you in this time and situation.
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