Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Management Approach

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Time Management
The goal in this chapter is to help you manage your time more effectively. Problems in time management can be related to one or more of the following: uncertainty of what is to be accomplished (i.e., lack of goals), failure to break down the goals into a series of tasks, or lack of awareness about how to manage time or how much time is needed to complete a given task ( Britton & Glynn, 1989).One of the most important factors influencing the attainment of goals is the efficient use of time. In high school, most of your time was structured for you because you were in school most of the day. For the most part, your time management involved structuring your study time after school. College life is more demanding because there are more tasks to accomplish. Your class schedule can vary greatly; for example, you may only have classes three or four times a week and might complete your classes by noon. In general, you have to manage more hours of time and often do not have your parents around to offer "suggestions" for how you should do it.After studying this chapter, you will be able to:
Analyze your use of time
Develop a time-management system
Use strategies to reduce procrastination

WHAT IS TIME MANAGEMENT?

Smith ( 1994) defined time as "a continuum in which events succeed one another from past through present to future" (p. 20). The basic aspect of time is

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