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Hope College Time Management Tools

Semester Planning Calendars
(Our most requested time management tool – now in Excel to allow for your personal edits using any computer!)

Semester Planning Calendar (Fall 2013)

Semester Planning Calendar (undated version)

Save a copy of either version of the Semester Planning Calendar to your computer and you will be able to make your own entries and edits to it throughout the semester! Simply open the version you saved using Excel. Under the “VIEW” menu, click on “TOOLBARS” and check “STANDARD,” “FORMATTING,” and “REVIEWING.” This will allow you to change font, font color, highlight text, etc.

You may also wish to print out a copy of your Semester Planner on paper larger than standard 11” x 8 ½” printer paper. This can be done through CopyWorks!, Hope’s on-campus copy center. Some students even order a poster size copy, laminate it, and then write on it with erasable colored markers. The link to CopyWorks! is:


Weekly Planners
(to print and then edit by hand)

Calendar I
Calendar II
Calendar III
Calendar IV
Calendar V

Information to Increase Your Academic Success

How to Study Long and Hard and Still Fail…or How to Get the Most Out of Studying
by Dr. Sanford Chew, Professor of Psychology at Samford University

This series of highly acclaimed short videos, each only 7-8 minutes in length, explains that if you use ineffective or inefficient ways of studying, you may study long and hard and still fail; however, if you change your approach to use effective strategies, you will get the most learning out of your study time and be more likely to succeed.

Video 1: Beliefs That Make You Fail…Or Succeed
The first video examines common mistaken beliefs students often possess that undermine their learning. The video tries to correct those misconceptions with accurate beliefs about learning.
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH95h36NChI&feature=related

Video 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn
The second video introduces a simple but powerful theory of memory, Levels of Processing, that can help students improve their study.
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7y7XEC66M&feature=related

Video 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
The third video operationalizes the concept of level of processing into four principles that students can use to develop effective study strategies.
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xeHh5DnCIw&feature=related

Video 4: Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice
The fourth video applies the principles of deep processing to common study situations, including note taking and highlighting while reading.
Video 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9GrOxhYZdQ&feature=related

Video 5: I Blew the Exam, Now What?
This video addresses exactly what students should and should not do when they earn a bad grade on an exam.
Video 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QVRiMkdRsU&feature=related

General Advice

The Unabridged Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
The pamphlet collection is listed at http://www.dr-bob.org/vpc/index.html (a collection of informational virtual pamphlets on assorted topics authored by numerous sources and compiled by Dr. Robert Hsiung, MD of the University of Chicago)

Goal Setting, Motivation, Time Management, and Environmental Control

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Academic Success
You stand a greater chance of achieving your goals if they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Tangible. Consult the following resources for more information:

http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html (as found at MindTools.com)

Motivation and Will
The link below provides a motivation quiz, as well as suggestions for getting back on track (as found on the web page HowToStudy.org coordinated by Lucy Tribble MacDonald)


Overcoming Procrastination
http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=111 (from the Counseling Center - http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu)

http://www.utdallas.edu/counseling/procrastination/ (practical strategies for preventing procrastination from the University of Texas-Dallas Counseling Center)

Guidelines to Better Time Management
http://www.sass.umn.edu/pdfs/I%20Active%20Learning/The%20Savvy%20Student/C%204.2.3%20Checklist%20of%20Time%20Use%20Problems.pdf (a questionnaire regarding your use of time complete with directions to help you in carrying through your resolve to manage your study time better – from the University Counseling & Consulting Services at the University of Minnesota)

How to Master Stress
http://cmhc.utexas.edu/stressrecess/index.html (welcome to “Stress Recess” – a fun, interactive web page with ways to reduce and manage your stress – from the University of Texas at Austin Counseling & Mental Health Center)

http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=113 (identifies causes of perfectionism and what to do about them – from the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois)