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Learning Skills and Strategies

If you need study skills help, please check out what RDC offers!

Time Management

How Well Do You Manage Your Time?

Being able to manage your time effectively is crucial to success in your post-secondary education. Here are a few downloadable documents to help with your time management skills.  They are a great tool to help you plan your classes and study time!  Alternatively, don't forget to visit with RDC's Students' Association to receive a planner to help organize your daily to-do tasks!  If you have any questions or need further assistance with time management and to help you organize your time, please book an appointment today with the Learning Skills Strategist.

For a more concise outline of Red Deer College's academic events and important dates to help you organize your time, click here.

Staying Focused and Motivated

Do you ever find that, when you are studying, you can't seem to focus?  You know it's not because the information is boring, but because you have that constant need to check your phone. This article discusses research showing how "information overload" from technology makes tasks take longer.

Sabotage

People sabotage their time management in 10 main ways:

  1. Predicting failure
  2. Starting too big
  3. Scheduling every possible moment of the day
  4. Being totally unrealistic
  5. Assuming failure and giving up when the schedule doesn't go as planned
  6. Focusing on the past
  7. Emphasizing failures and ignoring successes
  8. Prioritizing the least meaningful and most unproductive activities
  9. Basing personal time management on other people's needs and priorities
  10. Going it alone

Eliminate "Time Thieves"

To help create more time in your day, it is important to identify and eliminate the “time thieves”:

  • Laziness - “I just don’t feel like doing it.”
  • Sidetracks - “Oh, I better see Mike first.”
  • Procrastination - “I’ll do it later.”
  • Day-dreaming - “Some day, I’ll amaze them all.”

Managing your time more effectively starts with discovering where all your time goes.

Procrastination

Many students experience stress and inefficiency as a result of chronic procrastination. If you are one of those students, you are not alone ... and help is available! If you need more help, please book an appointment or visit the Library.

Balance School With Family

Many students face the challenge of trying to balance raising a family with going to school. According to Tom Lindl, certain strategies can help:

  1. Pleasure before business
  2. Make studying a reward
  3. Plan your learning activities so you do the less demanding tasks when the kids are around
  4. Use the resources around you
  5. Get creative; be outrageous!

Find details on each of these strategies in the document below.

Time Management and Organization

This is a 25-30 minute webinar that features strategies for time management and organization.  Please print off the documents below for use with the webinar.

If you rely heavily on your devices (laptops, tablets, etc.), there are a variety of tools and/or apps that are available to assist you with your studying. The following tools and/or apps are not endorsed by Red Deer College. Therefore, before installing any of the listed tools and/or apps, please ensure you have carefully considered their purpose for personal use.

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