10 Time Management Strategies for Student Success!
Time management is a challenge for everyone; especially for middle and high school students. Between homework, school, after school activities, family, friends, jobs and more, their time is truly NOT their own. And in this fast-paced culture, effective time-management skills are essential. How can you help your student master basic time management strategies? Here are some helpful tools and tips.
- Use an academic planner to help your student plan and stay on track. Whether they use a paper planner (we recommend Order Out of Chaos’ “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management” http://orderoochaos.com/ ) or electronic calendar, make sure their planner is set up as a grid system so they can see their week at a glance. Record all their class assignments, after school activities, work commitments, even plans with friends. This will allow them to know what they need to do AND when they have time to PLAN to get things done.
- Remind your student to do the hardest, longest or thing they least want to do first so that they will find it satisfying to move on to tasks they find more enjoyable.
- Analog clocks as opposed to digital clocks show that time moves and lets your student know where they stand in relation to the rest of the hour or day. Hang an analog clock in each room that your student uses (Yes, even the bathroom!) so that they can see the “sweep” of time.
- Make their tasks achievable. Your student is more likely to complete their assignments if they are broken down into manageable parts. It is much easier to write one paragraph for an essay in an afternoon than it is to complete the entire research paper.
- If your student is tackling a long term project, begin by working with them to outline the goal of the project. Work backwards. Break down tasks. Assign deadlines for completing each one. Rely on visual organizational aids like planners, post-it calendars or wipe boards (my favorite) to record all important information and deadlines.
- Help your student determine how much time things take them to do. To become more realistic about how long certain tasks take, have them write down time estimates and then compare them to the actual time it took them to complete the task. The more a student records and corrects how long it takes them to do something, the better they will become in developing a “time sense”.
- Devices such as timers and buzzers can help a student self-monitor AND keep track of time. (The TimeTimer http://www.timetimer.com/ is our favorite!) For example, during quiet or reading time, a timer placed on a student’s desk can help the student know exactly where the time is going and also help the student become aware of when transitions to other activities will take place.
- If your student will allow it, set it to music! Music is rhythm and rhythm is structure. And we all know that all students especially those with learning differences and attention deficits need structure. Music can help a student plan what to do next, anticipate and react as well as sooth and regulate the brain. Have your student create a 30 minute play list of music they love. The key is to play the same playlist every time they sit down to work.
- Get active. Put "energy" into their homework tasks by having your student stand up to read or walk the dog while they review their notes. Research shows that the more we move the more our brain “lays down its learning”.
- Make homework fun! Set up homework stations around your house and play “Hide the Homework” with your student. Wherever they find the homework is where they do it! By adding energy and fun into their daily routine you will keep them motivated and on-task.
It is important to help your student understand that just like any other muscle, strengthening their time management “muscle” takes consistent training. Learning to time manage requires learning new behaviors and developing unique strategies. I like to equate it to running a long distance marathon. As their “coach” we want to help our students identify their struggles, what skills are essential for them to carry out certain tasks and assist them in developing strategies and tools to help them make it to the finish line!
Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for teens. More than 70% of teens in the US struggle with time management and the numbers are growing. Teens are busier than ever and they lack the necessary tools to manage their time.
Nationally recognized time management expert, Leslie Josel, in her new book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching teens the time management skills they need to succeed-at school, at work and in life. Says Josel, “Time management is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone-but it can be learned. This guide opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it is important and why teens probably don’t ‘get it’.”
This is a user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping teens stay on top of their homework, avoid procrastination traps, get out the door in the morning with minimal conflict and manage the use of their electronics. “Throughout the book I offer up my ‘Triple Ts’ – my tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques- to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills.”
In this book, parents will learn the FIVE mindsets needed to start their teen on the journey of time management awareness; how to create a “Personal Homework Profile” to better understand how their teen tackles homework; how to help their teen create a time sense and develop “future awareness”; what FOMO is and how to manage it at home; how to kick procrastination to the curb; and so much more!
Leslie Josel is the Principal of Order Out of Chaos®, an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing and chronic disorganization. Launched in 2004, Order Out of Chaos® offers organizing, time management and coaching services; provides family education and ADHD resources as well as teleclasses, webinars, videos, and products to hundreds of families.
Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and earned her Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Specialist certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).
In 2015, Leslie’s second book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, a parents’ step-by-step guide to help teach their teens the time management skills they need to succeed in school, home and in life, was published. Leslie is also the creator of the award winning “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management,” a student planner that helps middle and high schoolers develop and master time management skills.
A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie speaks and conducts workshops nationally to parent and educator groups on a variety of issues and topics facing students today, including The Matan Institute, National Ramah Camping Commission, and Morgan Stanley. Leslie has also been featured in national broadcast and print media such as the Hallmark Channel’s “The Better Show”, “Conversations in Care” radio, The Associated Press, Family Circle Magazine, and Educational Dealer Magazine.
Also known nationally as an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, Leslie has appeared on many episodes of TLC’s hit television show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, and the Cooking Channel’s television special, “Stuffed: Food Hoarders”. In 2014, Leslie received a Telly Award, the Internet/Online programming’s highest honor for her work on dLifeTV.
She is also the co-author of the award winning “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life” (Spry, 2013).
To sign up for Order Out of Chaos’ monthly newsletter, read their weekly blog, access free videos, resources and information or learn more about Leslie, visit their website.
Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for middle and high school students. There is an expectation that at their age they should be independent and know how to get things done on their own. But teens are busier than ever. Between homework, school, afterschool activities, family, friends, jobs, and more, teens often find that their time is truly NOT their own. Add in the fact that they often lack the tools to manage their time; maybe it’s a little unrealistic for parents to expect their teenagers to instinctively know how to manage time.
“What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management” takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching their teens the time management skills they need to succeed—at school, at work and in life!
This is a user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping teens stay on top of their homework, avoid procrastination traps, get out the door in the morning with minimal conflict and manage the use of their electronics. In a readable, breezy and witty fashion, Josel opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it’s important and why your teen probably doesn’t “get it.” And throughout the book, Josel offers up the “Triple Ts” – her tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques – to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills.
In this book, you’ll learn:
- The FIVE mindsets parents need to start their teen on the journey of time management awareness.
- How to create a “Personal Homework Profile” to better understand how your teen tackles homework.
- How to help your teen create a time sense and develop “future awareness”.
- How to pick an appropriate paper or electronic academic planner and how to properly plan their time.
- How to create a peaceful and calm morning routine to get your teen out the door in the morning without anxiety and frustration.
- Case studies, useful resources, Leslie’s straight talk and much, much more!
Time Management is a Life Skill that Doesn’t Come Naturally to Everyone. It Can be Learned.
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