Help Students Productively Manage Their Time

"Time plus energy equals learning. Learning to use one's time well is critical for students and professionals alike. Allocating realistic amounts of time means effective learning for students and effective teaching for faculty" (Chickering & Ehrmann, 1996, p. 4).

Examples of Canvas Use

  1. Announce major class events, assignments and approaching deadlines.
  2. Consider listing all important course events on the Calendar tool (exams, project due dates, presentations…).
  3. Allow students to choose the due date of one assignment.
  4. Set deadlines for projects to help students meet course competency goals.
  5. Balance the workload throughout the semester.

General Best Practices

  1. Provide the students with a calendar of the entire semester's work to be completed by student. Provide the grading scale/point value for each part of the course.
  2. Help students coordinate schedules between tasks in your class and tasks in all classes.
  3. Promote the establishment of priorities.
  4. Help students learn to manage commitments.
  5. Provide students with a simple form for logging how much time and what time of the day they studied for one week and indicate how productively they studied during each of those study blocks (Cross & Angelo, 1993, p. 300-302; Angelo, 1993, p. 7). The Bradley University Academic Success Center has forms and resources to help students better manage their time here: Study Resources.
  6. Encourage students to seek and use other resources (on the Internet, through other classmates and through their instructors.)