At the start of the semester it can sometimes seem like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. In this Tips and Tricks we present time saving strategies to increase your efficiency.
- Don’t over prepare – Trust yourself! Use what you did in previous semesters and adjust in small increments. Reuse material by changing values and numbers or mixing up the variables.
- Try a problem-solving day –To reduce prep time and cut down on grading try spending a day working with the students in class on problems and having them present and solve during the class period. This gives students time to digest and work with material and provides you with insight into where individual students are struggling.
- Name the goal of the day –Identify the one goal that needs to be done before everything else, or that will make everything else easier to accomplish, then tackle that goal first.
- Do one thing for tomorrow today—At the end of each day try to identify one small task you can complete to make the next day run smoother, even if it is identifying the Goal of the day.
- Try Time blocking – Often time can get away from us if we have too many tasks on our to-do list. Scheduling time blocks to complete routine tasks such as updating the gradebook, lesson planning, photocopying, can help us better manage our time over the course of a week and prevent that last-minute rush before class to get things done.