Prepare for College Series: Time Management

Through our challenging and innovative programming, students develop skills that prepare them for college success, both inside and outside of the classroom. These skills serve as the foundation for all of our daily activities. This series will explore the 10 skills which are the focus of our programs.

What is time management?

Time management is a skill that focuses on organizing your time. Being able to plan ahead and structure your time between activities helps keep track of tasks, deadlines, and other responsibilities.  

Why time management is an important skill to develop in a pre-college program? 

Time management is one of the most important skills to develop in college, as it relates to and influences so many other aspects of college life. It is crucial to staying on top of personal and academic deadlines, as well as being able to ensure that there is time for studying, sleeping, social activities, and self-care. Ensuring that there is regularly enough time for these activities, can help students be more prepared and less stressed. 

It is also important to note that there is no “one size fits all” formula for time management. Developing this skill and finding what works for each individual is personal and subjective. For this reason, we feel that it’s especially important for pre-college students to have opportunities to focus on and develop their own time management skills before starting their college career.  

How do we help students develop this skill?

Students in our programs are responsible for their own schedules, within our parameters. Depending on the program, students have to be sure to attend classes and meetings, submit assignments, complete readings, and participate in social and extracurricular activities. 

Here are some specific time management skills students practice while in our program: 

  • Management of personal and academic schedule 
  • Attend classes regularly and on time
  • Account for and participate in other required program activities
  • Decision making 
  • Problem solving 
  • Schedule conflicts 
  • Decide how best to spend their free time


Ryadah was Pre-College Coordinator from 2018-2020 and now serves as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions at WashU.