To be successful at university, you need to study consistently throughout the semester. The biggest adjustment for many students will be around structuring your time to fit in regular study sessions where you can review the material presented during the week and prepare ahead for next week.
Tips to help you with your time management:
Use a study timetable
download the PDF below. Colour blocks for lectures/tutorials/workshops/pracs, then add home study, group study, work, family commitments, sport.
look critically at the timetable. Ask yourself, "Will this work for me as a student?" AND "Is there something I need to give up?" Be realistic with what you can do.
put this weekly timetable up above your study area
fit the task to the particular block of time available. eg. One hour or less is good for writing an essay plan or proofreading but two hours or more is good for extensive researching. Have a specific goal for a certain block of time.
Use a semester planner (print, mobile phone, computer)
add all due dates for assessments immediately. Add exam times.
add other major social/family commitments so you know when you will be really busy
create a weekly ‘to do’ list in print or on your mobile phone or computer. Prioritise the items.
divide your large assignments into 'chunks' so that you are not trying to do the whole assessment at once
plan to have drafts done a few days before the due date to allow time for editing, polishing and formatting. Use the Assessment planner
reward yourself for tasks completed - take a break, go swimming, go to the gym or meet friends.
know your optimum study time and use that to the best advantage