Seven Tips for Becoming a Time-Management Master

When it comes to study, time management is key but it’s not always easy. Sometimes our ability to master this skill is hindered by family, work or social commitments.

Before you start dreaming of owning a Tardis like Dr Who or a Time-Turner like Hermione Granger, try these simple time-management tips from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC)…

#1 Find a dedicated space

Distractions often lead to procrastination, and many of us can’t afford that. Your dedicated study space doesn’t have to be luxurious, but a well-organised (and tidy) space for study can do wonders when it comes to keeping on-top of things.


#2 Set yourself some goals

Make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-framed). These goals will help you to stay focused and avoid getting off-track. Remember to factor in your family, health and social goals – balance is important!


#3 Write weekly or daily to-do lists

At times, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to complete. To overcome this, create prioritised lists of all the tasks you need to carry out. You can then tell what needs your immediate attention, and what you can leave until later.

Remember to cross tasks off as you complete them! It’s important to celebrate the small wins as you get closer to reaching your end goal.


#4 Shop the app store

There are some great free apps available to help you manage your time. Check out the range available on the iOS App Store and Android Google Play.


#5 Get a room

If you’re struggling to find the peace and quiet you need to study, consider making a regular time to visit a CQUni Library. If you’re close to a CQUni campus, you can book study rooms and spaces. If you’re an online student, the local council library can be a useful study space.

To book a room at any CQUni Library, click here.


#6 Keep a wall planner

Thanks to a collaboration between Student Experience and the CQUni Bookshop, student wall planners are now available. Add a free planner to any Bookshop order over $20, or order individually and only pay a postage and handling fee of $4.95.

The 2019 Wall Planner is a glossy, A1-size calendar. Perfect for hanging in your study space, and great for keeping track of important dates and deadlines. Only while stocks last. Don’t miss out. Get yours today.


Don’t forget, the ALC Moodle site is a great place for information and resources. The site also offers dates and times of upcoming on-campus and Zoom workshops, which will provide you with academic advice and guidance.

Happy time-management!

From the whole team at the ALC.

Mae Swarbrick (

Mae Swarbrick is a current student, studying part-time in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, and working full-time as Student Communications Officer. Mae's ongoing experience as a current student is invaluable in her role as leader of the Student Communications team. Combine this with practical experience in the call centre, Admissions and Student Communications teams, and she’s ready to share some first-rate uni hacks for new students. Follow Mae on #How2Uni.

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