Time is on your side...

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 8 March 2022
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Yes it is...

If you manage it effectively. Ironically the time spent doing this now will save you time later on. Here are a few tips: 

1. Set some goals.

These will help overcome procrastination. As much as you don’t want to tackle that assignment, you DO want the qualification. Take the time to visualise your future & keep the end goal in mind!

Ever heard he phrase 'work smarter, not harder'? Try setting some SMART goals to keep you on track. Not sure what that is? Go to the Learning Skills Centre shelf on Brightspace & click on "Learning".

2. Make a timetable

Schedule items to complete during different days of the week. Mark in important dates. Review your schedule weekly. Share your timetable with family & friends. Set up a study group to keep you on task.

3. Prioritize
Use the Pareto Principle  or 80/20 rule which claims 80% of the reward comes from 20% of the effort. The trick to prioritising is identifying that valuable 20%. Once identified, focus on those items with the greatest reward.

Perhaps you can prioritise according to:

  • due dates of assignments
  • the value of assignments e.g some may be worth 50% of total marks
  • questions worth more points than others 
  • take a good look at your marking guide when deciding how much time to spend

4. Make a To-Do List

Best completed at the beginning of the day. Write your tasks down then break them down into smaller, more do-able portions – sometimes known as the Swiss cheese method. Read about it here:



Holmesglen Library website has useful templates & tips to help you manage your time. Click here:


Holmesglen Email

-Online. Perhaps the 'best' online calendar for students

-Can setup/receive appointments inside your email account. You can also go into your calendar and add events like assignment due dates etc.

Calendar Labs https://www.calendarlabs.com/printable-calendar.php

-Printable. Can customise 'study periods' (e.g. for a term or semester)

Google Calendar calendar.google.com/calendar

-Online. Syncs with all devices (e.g. tablets, laptops) and is viewable/editable on all these devices where a user is logged-in

Do you have any savvy time management tips you can share?

If so, write them in the comments section.

Need more help?

Contact Learning Skills Centre:  learningskillscentre@holmesglen.edu.au