Student Success Center
Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services
Student Academic Resource Center
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The 8-Hour Day College Time Management Schedule
One of the most important study skills in college is time management. Many students earn
grades below potential or flunk out of college because of poor time management skills. One model for
organizing time in college centers around the 8-hour workday.
Without a college degree, you will most likely be working at the entry level in the fast food indus-
try, doing clerical work, toiling in labor oriented jobs and at pay scales near minimum wage. These jobs
are fine as long as they are what you choose to do. In any case, you will be working 8 hours per day
and 40 hours per week if you are not in college. After 4 or 5 years of working in these types of jobs,
where will you be? At what wage level?
The 8-hour per day model for managing time in college has you in class or studying for 8 hours
per day. These are the same 8 hours you will be putting in each day if you weren’t in college only this
time you will be self-employed.
Most students are in class 2 to 3 hours per day (not counting labs). This leaves 5 to 6 hours per
day for studying – reading textbooks, taking notes, revising notes, building and practicing solutions to
problems, and reciting and self-testing on existing notes, etc. Students who spend 5 to 6 hours per day
studying usually do quite well in college. Looking at another factor:
The 8 hours per day model leaves every evening and weekend free from studying!
That means you can use evenings and weekends to focus on personal growth activities.
On the next page, set up an 8-hour per day model for managing your time in college. Remember
that only time in class and studying count toward the 8 hours. The steps are:
1. Cross off class times
2. Cross off meal times
3. Cross off work or activities times
4. Cross off study t