SENATE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE
Student Time Management Resources
Russ Mushinsky, Director of the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes will present information about time management guidance provided at Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes.
This informational report provides an overview of time management resources available to Penn State University undergraduate students. It was prepared both at the request of University Park Undergraduate Association and with their help in identifying available resources and benchmarking data from members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
This project developed in relative to 2017 NCAA legislation requiring time management plans for student athletes. Interested individuals from UPUA and the University Faculty Senate Student Life and Intercollegiate Athletics Committees formed a subcommittee/working group to collect information and compile this report. We acknowledged that while participation in athletic competition is highly demanding and that other students also face significant workload challenges. These include performing arts, ROTC, student government, undergraduate research, part-time and full-time employment, parenting and other family obligations, to name only a few. All students stand to benefit from the availability of quality time management information and resources.
This report is a brief summary of time management resources generally available for undergraduate students at Penn State with comparison information from member universities of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, as that information was found available.
In addition, the following links provide information from the NCAA relative to their time requirements for student athletes.
NCAA. (n.d.). Time management, What Division I student-athletes should expect [infographic] (https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/StudentAthleteTimeManagement.pdf).
NCAA. (2016). Results from the 2015 GOALS study of the student-athlete experience [PowerPoint presentation]. (https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/GOALS_convention_slidebank_jan2016_public.pdf).
NCAA Division II. (n.d.). Make it yours, What you need to know about . . . countable athletically related activities [educational resource]. (https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2017DII_online-education-resources_CARA-DOC_20170807.pdf).
National Collegiate Athletics Association. (2009). Defining countable athletically related activities [document]. (http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Charts.pdf).
The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA)
Assembly of Student Representatives – 12th Assembly
Major Topics of Discussion
Summary of Information
|University||Time Management Resources||Different than
What Penn State
|Ohio State||OSU promotes a set of 13 apps through their student health service website. INTERACTIVE||X|
|University of Michigan||Has a link on their Counseling and Psychological Services website providing tips to students seeking help with time management.|
|Northwestern||5 tips listed on website (prioritize, be realistic, create a master schedule, plan your study time, take time for yourself).|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin offers a 6 hour time and stress management type of workshop for $150. INTERACTIVE||X|
|Illinois||Illinois presents a slideshow for incoming students and also provides the PowerPoint on their website for all students to access.||X|
|Michigan State||Offers 3 tips on their website for students: Prioritize, make a master schedule, know what’s coming up.|
|Purdue||Offers documents on their website for students to download and fill out and to help students manage all aspects of their life. INTERACTIVE||X|
|Indiana University||Has a video to help students understand time management. It is on their website for all students to access.||X|
|Maryland||Maryland offers leaning assistance through their counseling center.||X|
|Rutgers||Rutgers has posted 10 tips for time management on their website.|
Penn State’s Time Management Resources
- Penn State Learning
- Time Management (https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/time-management)
- defines time management
- benefit of using a planner
- monitoring your time
- time wasters
- time management exercise
- tips to better manage your time
- DUS Study Skills & Time Management
- DUSuccess (https://dus.psu.edu/dusuccess/study-skills-time-management)
- has a list of a bunch of study skills with links to quizzes and documents that can help
- test anxiety info
- note taking tips
- reading comprehension
- time management info
- setting goals
- use a planner
- has a link to Oregon State’s resources!!
Time Management Benchmarking:
Out of the 14 schools in the Big Ten, the following 10 schools had the best time management programs.
OSU promotes a set of 13 apps through their student health service website that they recommend their students to download to help them with personal time management.
- IStudiez – virtual planner ($2.99 and has a free light version).
- StudyBlue – Flashcard replacement. Allows students to create study cards not only using words, but photos and audio as well. You can also share them with friends. (free)
- Evernote – Personal note enhancer and organizer (free).
- Studious – Automatically silences phone at class times that are plugged in by the user.
- Self-Control – Helps procrastinations by temporarily adding websites to a “blacklist” that prevents the user from viewing them for however long you decide. (free)
- EasyBib – Bibliography generator.
- Chegg – Helps students find deals on textbooks (free).
- IFTTT – Stands for “If This Then That” is a virtual assistant (Free)
- Sleep if you Can – Helps people who hit the snooze button and miss classes by forcing them to take a picture of something to turn their alarm off.
- Circle of Six – Safety app that keeps you connected with friends
- Mint – Syncs all checking accounts, saving accounts and credit cards to one place to help you monitor spending.
- Venmo – Transfers money to other people’s accounts or you can trader money to theirs.
- My Fitness Pal – Fitness App
University of Michigan:
University of Michigan has a link on their Counseling and Psychological Services website providing tips to students seeking help with time management:
- There are only 24 hours in a day and you need to decide how you are going to use that time (prioritize what needs to get done).
- If you already do a good job at setting up your schedule but find that you don’t get things done address the factors that interfere.
Interfering factors could be:
- study skills
- personal issues (perfectionism, procrastination, etc.).
An important part of time management is taking care of yourself so that you can attend to the many things you have to do. Where does your time go? Prioritizing what needs to get done . . .
- Set up a schedule (include your classes, work, study time, activities, etc.) and develop to To-Do lists.
- Addressing the factors that interfere with your ability to get things done.
- Notice how other misuse your time and set up an agreement regarding study times. (This may include learning to say no).
- Use good study skills so that you make the most of your study time (add link to study skills info).
The importance of taking care of yourself . . .
- Plan some time in your schedule for relaxation and taking care of yourself. (Proper self-care helps you stay healthy, study more efficiently, thus you get more done.
- Conversely, bad self-care leads to health problems, and less efficient studying, thus you get less done)
Northwestern has 5 tips listed on their website for time management:
- Prioritize: Experts say that setting priorities is the first step in time management. Think about what activities will contribute to your learning most, including not just your own study time, but also studying with others, visiting faculty office hours, or attending tutoring sessions.
- Be realistic. Consider how long it will realistically take to achieve your academic goals for the term. How much study time will you need to allocate for each class? How often might you want to go to office hours or TA review sessions? Also be realistic about how often you will need study breaks and leisure activities.
- Create a master schedule. Based on your list of priorities, create a calendar for the term, and enter each of your commitments – including classes, meetings, and work. Next, go through each of your syllabi and note all quizzes, midterms, and due dates. Having all assignments listed on one calendar will help you work backwards to develop a study plan.
- Plan your study time. As noted above, being purposeful is key. Use the big-picture view to determine priorities for the week and goals for each day. Schedule individual and group study, plans to attend office hours, and time for breaks. Also allow time for review before and after class: research shows that a quick before-class preview of information can help you learn more effectively – as can spending some time reviewing material after class.
- Take time for yourself. Remember to allow time for relaxation, health, exercise, and spending time with family or friends. Try not to over-commit.
Wisconsin offers a 6 hour time and stress management type of workshop for $150.
Illinois presents a slideshow for incoming students and also provides the PowerPoint on their website for all students to access it.
Michigan State offer 3 tips on their website for students regarding time management:
An Advisor’s Top Three Suggestions:
- Prioritize – figure out what’s most important and what you can realistically do. For example, can you really work 35 hours a week and take 15 credits, do well, and stay a sane human being? Make adjustments where you can.
- Always make a master schedule for the semester, indicating your times for classes, study, work, sleep, personal time and other responsibilities. It helps to see where you’re going and how much time you have to get there. There are samples available in many of the web sites below.
- Know what’s coming up. Update your plan weekly, writing in dates for tests, papers and assignments due, readings to be done, and allowing an appropriate amount of time to get these done.
Purdue University offers on their website student success programs. Relating specifically to time management they offer:
- A weekly time management schedule. This schedule breaks down a whole week by every half hour to hour for the student’s planning convenience.
- A detailed instruction sheet on making a weekly time management schedule.
- A blank monthly schedule that students have the ability to download and fill out for themselves.
- A 5 day study plan which lays up sections to organize concepts that need to be mastered in order to succeed and self- testing tools.
- An 8 day planned study tracker. This tracker breaks down the student’s study habits with planned vs reality sections. These sections are organized by date and encourage the students using it to check in with the progress.
- Document which informs students about 10 tips for time management. These tips include (Make class time your best study time, make a daily list, make a weekly schedule, use your daylight hours, make semester calendar, don’t procrastinate, concentrate on one thing at a time, use your weekly schedule. Learn to say “NO.”, set deadlines and reward yourself, be realistic in your expectations of yourself.)
- Document helping students with tips on overcoming procrastination
- Link explaining the importance of making a daily, weekly and monthly schedule.
IU made a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q1KELLwaSk#action=share Indiana-Helia) to help students understand time management a little better and have it on their website for all students to access.
Maryland offers leaning assistance through their counseling center.
Rutgers has posted 10 tips for time management on their website I listed them here: Here Are Ten Tips to Help You Effectively Time Management.
- Keep a Calendar. When you keep track of your days you will be able to see where it is you have extra time. The monthly calendar will help you anticipate upcoming assignments so you are completing them days instead of hours in advance.
- Establish Goals for Yourself. These goals should be realistic and when you complete them reward yourself. “To Do” lists may be a way to set goals. When you check off a task, you feel good about how much you have accomplished.
- Prioritize! Prioritize! Prioritize! This category speaks for itself, but it is imperative to possess good time management.
- Divide big jobs into workable steps. If you need to read 50 pages for a class, read 25 pages one night and 25 the next.
- Fill Your Day! Use the “in-between” times of the day. This can be called wasting time as well. This is the 10 minutes you spend waiting for the bus or the 20 minutes you spend waiting for your friend to return from class so you can go to lunch. If you utilize all this time you will be surprised how much you can get done.
- Find Your Quiet Space. This is a place where you can study that is free from distractions. This place is definitely not your room. A great place is the library or an empty classroom.
- Just say “No!” One of the hardest things to do is tell your new group of friends you can’t do something with them, but sometimes you have to. Your friends will understand your need to study because they are in school as well.
- Study difficult subjects first. This is a good strategy because we devote more energy and concentration to the first study task. Therefore, the task that takes the least effort should be done last.
- Plan! Prepare for each day ahead of time. The best way to be organized is to go to bed organized. Plan your next day’s activities the night before so the day does not pass you by.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE 2017-2018
- Hunter Debellis
- Kevin Harwell, Chair
- Katie Jordan
- Matthew Kaag
- Andrey Krasilnikov
- Mathew Kurian
- Martha Levine
- Sudarshan Nelatury
- Brianne Pragg
- Kevin Reuning
- Timothy Robicheaux
- Ira Ropson, Vice Chair
- Ling Rothrock
- Damon Sims