Workshop offers time management tips – The Connection
The Cosumnes River College Outreach Program held a Time Management Zoom Workshop on August 23.
The host was student staff assistant Carrie Reyes Cruz.
“We love to hold workshops like this to help students connect with other resources on campus,” said Reyes Cruz.
The five tips shared by Reyes Cruz were to prioritize the elements of your schedule, understand your schedule, stay organized, take care of yourself, and have an action plan.
Reyes Cruz said the things in your schedule you need to focus on are homework, readings, and homework deadlines.
“Meeting these deadlines and deadlines is a huge and important part of academic success online and in person,” said Reyes Cruz. Students can also set their own “important deadlines” and break the assignment into more manageable chunks, she said.
To better understand your schedule, Reyes Cruz said students should check their eService schedule and the Canvas course.
Additionally, she said it’s important for students to prioritize their class and study time.
For asynchronous courses, she recommended that students set aside part of the time per week for the course.
She also encouraged students to find an organizing technique that works best for them. Since planners don’t work for everyone, Reyes Cruz suggested trying things like apps, calendars, or the Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro technique is a time management method that divides work into timed intervals with short breaks in between.
“It really makes tasks a lot more manageable than they actually are,” said Emilee Chu, a 19-year-old computer science student.
Another thing Reyes Cruz recommended is taking care of yourself.
“You cannot pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself first,” said Reyes Cruz. She suggested doing things like reading, going out, and reaching out if you need help.
Students have access to both free counseling and crisis intervention for non-life-threatening emergencies. She also encouraged students to talk with their teachers about problems they are having with the class.
The final piece of advice shared by Reyes Cruz was to have a plan of action. It involves making a plan by scheduling tasks, delegating, and learning to say no to things you don’t have time for.
Reyes Cruz knows time management takes effort, but encouraged students to get started anyway.
“Practice is making progress,” Reyes Cruz said. “Trying is the first step.”