Following up on my previous post, I’ve been wondering if and how time management skills can be taught?
One way to teach students TM skills is by overloading them with work. Certainly giving them more work than they can handle will force them to perform triage and simply give up on some tasks, but this method is also very stressful. Is stress necessary for teaching such things? This question is of great importance to me as a would-be educator.
A less stressful method of teaching time management might be to make it clear to the students that more work will be given than they have time to complete, but to also be clear that they can pass the class with a good grade without doing a lot of the work. Something like, “you need X points by the end of the year to get an A, but the cumulative value of all the assignments is 2X.” or something like that.
The downside here is that it places the pressure on the teacher (and TA’s) to grade this additional material that will be done by some, but not all students. I think that in the future there will be ways to create peer-graded assignments with built-in safe guards against “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”-type cheating, but I will have to think further about this to come up with concrete details.
Of course there are lots of people who are eager to tell you how to manage your time in their self help books which are for sale on Amazon, but as I mentioned in the previous post, some of these tips are not useful.
However, books like “Getting Things Done” are certainly great places to start.