Support student's time management
Strategies to help students manage their time in an online course.
Assign a study calendar
Learning is more effective when students engage regularly with course material, rather than cramming intensely before a test or major assignment. Encourage students to plan their regular study times by asking them to create and submit a Study (or Learning) Calendar. A Study Calendar addresses the question: “Where will you find the time you need for this course?"
In a typical semester, classroom meeting times serve as an anchor by which students naturally arrange their time and effort. Introducing an increasing number of asynchronous components can make it challenging for students to effectively manage their participation. This learning calendar exercise intends to engage students in proactive planning for a successful semester. Consider offering this as an orientation activity to support students within a sometimes challenging remote learning environment.
By providing a template, you can encourage a practice that will help your students plan their time for all their courses. This is not typically a graded assignment (though extra credit may be given), and it is usually not necessary to review or offer feedback on how they complete the calendar. Note that other instructors may also set this assignment, so be open to accepting a calendar that they have prepared for another class, which may not follow your template.
Sample Learning Calendar Assignment
Where will you find the time you need for this course?
Before you begin this course, you should create a learning calendar for one week.
Identify and reserve time for reading and reviewing course notes, completing problem sets, completing group work, and studying for exams. To help you do this you should think about how you use your time during the week overall, including coursework, job commitments, and study time. Make sure you are also realistic about when you will need social and personal time!
- How does your role as a learner fit with your other roles?
- What are the time requirements for your multiple roles (such as learning, work, leisure, and health)?
- How will your role as a learner affect the time you have available for other activities and interests?
- Do you need to alter your other roles to fulfill your learning role? If so, in what ways?
- What additional challenges do you anticipate as you reflect on your role as a learner?
Task: Create Your Calendar
To help you complete your calendar we have provided an example and a template that you can use. If you have already completed a Learning Calendar by yourself or for another class, you can add your information for this course and submit that instead. (shared by L&S Remote Teaching Toolkit)
- Open a Learning Calendar Assignment (Create a Google Doc copy | View and Download a Word Doc)
- Open a Learning Calendar Template (Create a Google Doc copy | View and Download as Word Doc)
- View/Share an example Learning Calendar(Create a Google Doc copy | View and Download as Word Doc)
- For further advice about managing a college schedule, see Planning A College Schedule.
- For detailed advice about writing a Study Calendar, see How to Create a Study Schedule.
- Using time management to improve study skills provides useful tips and approaches for students, including those listed above and others.