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    College Level Time Management Lesson Plan

    College Level Time Management Lesson Plan

    Overview

    As college freshmen transition into the higher education arena, student life becomes increasingly heavy and complex with work, academic, social, athletic, and other demands that can be difficult to manage. Depending on the number of courses a student is taking in the semester, there will be competing priorities depending on each classroom's expectations and assignments to be completed. Helping students to learn how to plan and prioritize their commitments is a critical lesson. Through the guidance of their instructor, students will learn time management skills by thinking about time-wasting behaviors that contribute to the inability to manage time effectively. 

    College Level Time Management Lesson Plan

    College Level Time Management Lesson Plan
    UNIV 103 (Freshman Course)
    Dr. Margaret Mbindyo
    Dr. Kristen Lawson

     

    Description

     

    As college freshmen transition into the higher education arena, student life becomes increasingly heavy and complex with work, academic, social, athletic, and other demands that can be difficult to manage. Depending on the semester schedule, there will be competing priorities depending on each classroom's expectations and assignments to be completed. Helping students to learn how to plan and prioritize their commitments is a critical lesson. Students will learn time management skills by thinking about time-wasting behaviors that contribute to the inability to manage time effectively. 

     

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

    1. Learn how to use tools for time management.
    2. Recognize how to prioritize and what to do about interruptions.
    3. Reflect on the value of prioritization and how it impacts success.
    4. Learn how to focus on academic tasks and yield results.

     

    Resources and Materials Needed

     

    • https://openstax.org/books/college-success/pages/1-3-college-culture-and-expectations

    Facilitator Instructions

    This lesson plan is created for freshmen to help them understand time management at the college level. 

     

     

     

     

    Outline of the Lesson

     

     

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    10 Minutes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15 Minutes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10 Minutes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    10 Minutes

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Welcome

    Briefly discuss the expectations of the lesson and why time is a critical part of college success.

     

    Define Time Management:        

    1) The act or process of exercising conscious control……..          

     2) Over the amount of time spent on specific activities……….

     3) To increase efficiency or productivity 

     

    Discuss 168 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds in a day.

     

    • Do you run out of time? Do you have so much time on your hands?
    • How do you spend your time?
    • How do you plan how much time to spend on any given work?
    • How did you spend time in high school?
    • How are you spending time in college?

     

     

    Time Management Work Sheet- Students will take sometimes to map how they spent a typical day. Time Management Work sheet

     

     

    Why is Time Management Different in College? Brainstorm session with students working in pairs answering the following questions:

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    What surprised you about how your time was divided?

    Where do you spend most of your time?

    What change would you like to make on how your time is divided?

    Where do you not have control over your schedule?

    Where do you have control in your schedule and can make a change?

     

    Expectations

    • Explain that time has expectations based on what we are doing.
      • Personal expectations-Discuss these as a class.
      • Other people expectations-Discuss these as a class.
      • Social expectations and norms-Discuss these as a class.

     

     

     

      Students discuss how to be More Productive by Using the “Eisenhower Box.” Instructor to help students to really think and evaluate their priorities.

     

    • Important and urgent (High importance)
    • Important and not urgent (Do this now without delay)
    • Not important and not urgent (Do not do it)
    • Not Important but urgent (Must find time to do it).

    Students will discuss each of the 4 quadrants to help determine what is important and what is not. Have students watch “how to prioritize video”  https://youtu.be/czh4rmk75jc

     

     

    Critical Components of Time Management

    • Goal Setting – What do I need to do?
    • Planning - How do I want to go about it?
    • Prioritizing – What’s most important?
    • Value – What’s in it for me?
    • Rewards– Am I getting what I want and am I making progress?

    Have students watch “create a schedule” https://youtu.be/jozNEpY8iik

     

     Naming Strategies

    Discuss Strategies… brainstorm as a class some strategies they can use to ensure that they are using their unstructured time for the items they listed as priorities in the “Einsenhower Box”.

     

    Strategies:

     

    Use a timer when you go on social media

    Make a schedule.

    Have an accountability buddy (someone who checks in on you and vice-versa)

    Leave post-it reminders on your desk

    Write down your goals.

     

    Activity-Monitoring time!

      • Students will:
      • Write down how long they anticipate it will take you to get the task done
      • Write down when they will start each activity and when they finish…..
       

    Group Discussion and Reflection

     

     

    5 Minutes

     

    Tips for Time Management and Wrap up the lesson by watching the video in the following link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hqBIugr7I

    Have students refer back to their Time Management Spreadsheet to visualize and plan moments in their week where they can focus on the priority items that they chose.

    Other Resources

     

    Students will watch the following videos as extra resources.

    Set  Realistic Goals

    Use a Planner or Digital Organizer

    Avoid Procrastination

    Learn to Say No

    Utilize Time Blocks