Time Management For Students

by Ramona Creel

Making Choices

Learning to keep track of commitments is a vital skill for kids to learn — but one that they don't seem to teach in school. Give your child a simple calendar, and create a daily chore for writing down every important date and to-do — soccer games, cub scout meetings, band concerts, project due dates, you name it. A review of your younger child's calendar will let you know when to send in that field trip permission slip or bake cupcakes for the class party. As your kids get older, you might use their calendar to check off completed homework assignments or keep track of shifts at their afterschool job. And when your teens get to college and are in charge of their own schedules, they will thank you for having instilled this habit in them at a young age.

Teaching your kids how to use a calendar also allows them to start prioritizing and budgeting their time — deciding which activities are really important and which ones they can live without. When your child records his upcoming plans and two items conflict, he has to make a choice. Will he be in the school play, or go on the camping trip with the church? Let your child decide and suddenly he is responsible for the consequences. But if you find that your son or daughter is constantly running into scheduling problems, it may be time to set a limit. Let your child pick a maximum of two extracurricular activities each semester. If Johnny wants to run track and sing in the chorus and be on the debate team and run the school newspaper, he will have to rotate activities — choosing his top two priorities right now and switching up next semester.

Setting Aside Regular Study Time

With everything else that fills your child's days, it's easy for homework to get the short shrift. Many times, assignments aren't done until late at night or early the next morning before school — when your kid's brain is tired and not at its sharpest. No matter how busy the day is, it's crucial that you block off a regular and consistent time for homework. Set up a disciplined study routine while your kids are young, and theywill find it easier to stay focused later on as college students andemployees in the work world.

School assignments should be completed as soon as your child gets home from class — before playtime, before dinner, every day. Shut off the television and radio, try to eliminate any distractions, and don't let the kid up until he's done! If your child has a hard time staying focused, you might need to set a timer — ask for 15 or 20 minutes of focus, then allow a short break, then back to work for another 15 or 20 minutes. Over time, your young student will find it easier and easier to keep on task — and you will have to spend less time chaperoning study sessions!

© Ramona Creel, all rights reserved. Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.