Planning to be able to meet deadlines is an important and valuable skill for all students. Good time management also requires a good sense of one’s normal habits. The following strategies will help students manage their time effectively:
- Avoid relying on ideal expectations of time required to complete a task, which can lead to tasks piling up, creating stress.
- Use daily, weekly, and monthly planners to identify deadlines and periods of ideal work, better estimate time needed, and manage procrastination.
- Begin large projects early by breaking them into small tasks.
- If students are unclear about course/assignment deadlines, they should to speak to their instructor or teaching assistant.
- Avoid leaving major assignments until the deadline.
- Prepare for periods of stress by learning what helps manage anxiety (e.g. talking with a friend, going to the gym, going for a walk).
- Be prepared by knowing what to do in the event of unexpected situations that may affect their planning, such as illness, a family emergency, transit delays, or winter weather.
- Document all medical visits.
- If students require accommodation for a disability, they should speak to Accessibility Services as soon as possible. As well, they should speak to their Registrar or Academic Advisors about expectations for a reasonable course load.
By starting assignments early and staying organized students reduce chances of accidental plagiarism by being rushed or misunderstanding their own notes. In addition, students reduce any temptation to do anything academically dishonest out of desperation. Not to mention, it will result in better learning and likely a higher quality finished product.
Faculty have a responsibility to be clear about course and assignment deadlines. This information should be made available at the outset of the course on the syllabus and through the course web site/portal site. As per the University’s Grading Practices Policy, any changes to assignment deadlines must be voted on by students enrolled in the class and requires the approval of a simple majority. If changes are to be made, the instructor should make every effort to ensure that this information is communicated to all students in the class (e.g. via email, the portal, in-class, etc.)