Time management

University study requires a lot more independent work than was previously expected of you. Your success will depend on how effective you are at planning ahead and managing your tasks and time. Time management is a skill that anyone can learn, so whether you are trying to fit your studies into an already busy life, or are still learning how to take charge of managing your own time, we hope you will find our resources and suggestions useful.

Planners and other resources help you keep track of your assignments and their due dates.

Setting goals to increase your motivation

It is likely you will experience ups and downs in your motivation to study. Staying focused and avoiding procrastination often depends on your ability to make connections between your immediate study goals and your short-term and long-term goals in life.

If you think you need more focus and direction, take a look at our goal setting resources.
Tap on the accordions below to reveal the ways that you can make the most of your semester, your week, and your day

Advice and strategies for time management

Advice and strategies for study
Ways to focus your attention on what you need to do keep up with your studies at university.

Time management resources

Ngā mahere i te reo Māori

Rātaka reo Māori
Tōu aronga o tēnei wiki, ā, tāu mahi a tērā wiki.
Rarangi mahi mō te wāhanga (pdf 109kb)
Ngā wiki o te wāhanga mō Kaupeka A 2023. Ritenga MS Word

English versions

Most students use the electronic tools on their phones or the calendar app associated with their emails to keep a record of when things should be happening in their study lives. New Moodle also can give alerts for assignment dates.

For those of you who still like to work with paper ...

Example of a goal setting worksheet
A file that demonstrates how you can set specific goals, with approximate time frames, and keep track of your progress.
Trimester Planner (pdf, 114kb) 
This is a current (Trim A, 2023) trimester planner with the dates already done. It fits neatly into the front cover of your work folder. Download as MS Word version (if you want to type into it directly)
Weekly planner
An A4 sized map of the hours in your week. Fill out your lectures, study blocks and other daily activities.
To do list
Keep on top of the things you need to do in your day.