Time Management Tips for High School Students
Adapted from www.collegeboard.com
1. Make a “To Do” List Every Day | Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it’s easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks.
2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely | Get reading done on the bus ride home from school, for example, and you’ll have less to do that evening.
3. It’s Okay to Say “No” | If your friends ask you to catch a movie on a Thursday night and you have an exam on Friday, know that it’s okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.
4. Find the Right Time | You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night.
5. Review Your Notes Every Day | You’ll reinforce what you’ve learned, so you need less time to study. You’ll also be ready if your teacher calls on you or gives a pop quiz.
6. Get a Good Night’s Sleep | Running on empty makes the days seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.
7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others | If phone calls are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from 7-8pm only. It may sound silly, but it helps.
8. Become a Taskmaster | Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly.
9. Don’t Waste Time Agonizing | Have you ever wasted an entire evening worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it.
10. Keep Things in Perspective | Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it’s good to set high goals, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult yet reachable.