College Success Tip #4
Time Management
What is time management?
Time management involves balancing all the activities in which a person participates within the confines of the week.  Today’s college students are more than just students.  They are also athletes, parents, employees, heads of households, and volunteers, just to name a few titles.  Balancing home, school, work and everyday life can be a real juggling act. 
Why is time management important?
Successful time management allows students to use time more efficiently to prepare for classes, study, and remember information - three key habits that foster learning and college success.  Time management can also reduces stress, as students plan ahead and allot time appropriately to differing tasks. Good time management promotes greater self-confidence as students experience success coping with the many demands on their time.  There are several ways for students to manage their time and be successful in every aspect of their lives.
Examples of time management
Successful time management can include:
  • Setting goals
  • Slowing down
  • Handling situations as they arise
  • Using a daily planner (see page 13 of the New Student Advisement Guide)  
  • Prioritizing goals and “to do” lists
Internal links for time management
There are several campus resources that can help you with time management.  The New Student Advisement Guide, complied by the Matriculation Department has many ideas for students to reference.  Counseling courses 111 and 150 will also assist with time management planning as well as many other topics related to student success.
External links for time management
Upcoming workshops on time management
Cougar Mentors in the Student Development Office offer various workshops, some that address time management. For more information call 661-362-3141 or email or go to
  1. The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
  2. Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
  3. Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
  4.  Study Guides and Strategies,
  5. Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center,