Managing your time

Time and eLearning

The amount of time you spend per week online for class and preparing for class varies by the student and by the course. Keep in mind that you need to allow for the time you would normally spend to study, plus the time you normally would have spent in the classroom.

A common guideline is that 1 credit hour of coursework is often equal to approximately 3 clock hours per week of preparation time. A 3-credit hour course then would take approximately 9 hours a week outside the classroom. Remember to add the minimum of 3 hours per week you would normally have spent in class for a total minimum time invested of 12 hours per week.

Additional items to keep in mind:

  • eLearning at KUMC is not self-paced.
  • KUMC is located in the Central Standard Time zone. If you are located outside CST be aware of assignment due dates. 

Tips For Time Management

  • Get a plan! Without a balanced plan that includes study time, sleep, exercise, and fun, you can easily drift, burnout, &/or perform below your ability level.
  • Create a schedule and use a planner. Even if you don't use a schedule, it is useful to document how you spend and plan your time. That way you know where you need to adjust.
  • Optimize your schedule. Schedule your most demanding study times during your optimal alert time of the day (i.e., if you are a morning person then spend that time studying your most challenging subjects).
  • Optimize your fun times. Make sure you schedule recreation for yourself and don't feel guilty about it. It will only help you perform better when you get back to the books.
  • Plan for exams. Make sure you know and optimize your exam timeframe. Balance your studying such that no subject is left behind.
  • Avoid falling into a "catch-up" trap. When you fall behind, a common mistake is to go all the way back to where you left off. Instead, keep the memory curve high by working on the most current material before attempting to make up for lost work. Schedule a time to make-up the missed work on the weekend.
  • Set priorities. Always make sure you achieve the "vital few" rather than attempt the "trivial many." Set a daily and weekly priority list of objectives that you must accomplish and stick to it.
  • Participate in study groups. Groups help you keep on-task. They sometimes also help you gauge if you are behind in your studies.
  • Break down large tasks into small ones. Attach deadlines to the small parts. Then like magic, the large task will get done. This is one of the simplest and most powerful of all structuring devices. Often a large task will feel overwhelming to you. The mere thought of trying to perform the task makes one turn away. On the other hand, if the large task is broken down into small parts, each component may feel quite manageable.

Time Management Guides

Use these worksheets to measure your ability to manage and plan your time effectively.

Special thanks to Alice Carrot and the entire Student Counseling & Educational Support Services staff for the time management information and worksheets.

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Last modified: Jul 30, 2013