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Learning Skills and Strategies

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

Time Management

Managing your time effectively is crucial to success in post-secondary education.

These resources can help build 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  tasks. If you have questions or need further assistance with managing and organizing your time, 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.

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.

Do You Sabotage Your Time Management?

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 create more time in your day, identify and eliminate your “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 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! Book an appointment

Many students face the challenge of trying to balance raising a family with going to school. Certain strategies can help:

  1. Put 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 here:

If you rely heavily on your personal devices (cell phone, laptop, etc.), there are a variety of tools and apps that can assist you with managing your time. (Not endorsed by RDC)

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