Carving Out Time to Study

Time management is an important component of study skills. Without good planning, study time may take twice as long. Good planning involves:

I know this may seem elementary, but if you want your child to be successful at studying, than following these steps will lead to that success. Of course, we are all different and study differently.

Use this as a guide to help you find what works and what doesn't work for you and your child. BUT remember what you have done in the past, hasn't worked so well so it may be time to try something new.

If your child is old enough, have her read the following as you help her through the process.

Read the following to help you with time management and how to apply it to your study time.


The initial step to time management is to get the calendar/planner open so that current day and the upcoming week is visible. Determine what the homework assignments are for that day and any upcoming projects.

Gather the materials you will need to finish the assignments. This might include dictionaries, reference books and writing utensils. Make sure pencils are sharpened and you have the paper and other materials you will need. Retrieve the laptop computer if you will need it. Don’t forget to have a drink handy.

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STEP 1: Prioritize what needs to be done for the next day. Assign a number to each subject in the order for the homework to be finished. Determine how much time you need to finish the work for each subject. Write the allotted time beside each subject. Make sure you schedule a ten minute break between each homework assignment.

STEP 2: Look at any future assignments/projects that you have been assigned. Follow the steps below to help you schedule the due dates for each stage of the project.

STEP 3: Set a timer for the determined time when you begin studying the first subject. Begin with the hardest subject because you will be more alert at the beginning of your study sessions. When the timer goes off, quit what you are working on. Take a 10 to 15 minute break before starting the next subject.

STEP 4: When you have finished all of your homework and you have left over time, go back and finish any homework you didn't finish in the allotted time. You can also work on any upcoming projects. Even if you only work on a project for 10 minutes, you will be staying ahead of schedule.

WHEN YOU STAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, you will feel more confident with yourself and will be more motivated to study.


Look at the next project that will be due. Does the teacher require a due date for your initial idea? List the steps this project will require.

NOTE: Whatever the teacher requires, make sure you find out all of the requirements. This usually helps if the teacher has written it out so that you can keep it handy. If not, write the process on paper!. If you ask, the teacher may even make a copy for you.

Teachers usually like to see your notes on note cards. The next step to a report is usually a written outline from the note cards.

Finally, the report needs to be done. You will use your note cards and outline in order to write the finalized copy. However, some teachers may require that you do a preliminary draft and have her look at it. Some other teacher may require 2 and 3 drafts before you turn in the final report.

Now assign a due date to each part. Include the hand-in date. EVEN if you have the assignment projected to be finished before it is due, write the date down. It’s better to hand a project in early than to loose it or forget about it.

Planning when to work on the project that is due in the future shouldn’t take to long. Next it’s time to start on the homework due for the next day.

Even though it may take a while to get in the habit of using this time management tool, you can overcome the feeling of "homework dread".


Are you a busy mom? Do you need some organization help also? Do all of your children participate in sports, have practice at different times and you are having trouble keeping track of who goes where?

Try using a planner also! Your office supply stores have several different styles. There are large ones for a desk or small ones for a purse. You may have seen these and thought they just don't match what you need. Probably not, most are made for professional business people, not moms.

BUT there is one planner that was designed especially for moms by a stay at home mom. It's called Mom's Agenda. It has space for activities for up to 4 children and a space for mom's activities as well. There is even an app for i-Pad for those techies out there!

For some mom's, being organized is going to be something out of your comfort range. MomAgenda will help make it easy. Being an organized mom WILL help life go smoother, and you will be a great example for your child.

REMEMBER, sometimes school becomes harder than what it needs to be because of the lack of organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential to time management. Help your child's time management by being organized yourself.

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