Time management is an issue that affects everyone from almost all walks of life, including students enrolled in vocational training or an institute of higher learning. These students must dedicate a large portion of their time to studying for exams and completing assignments for multiple courses simultaneously. In most cases, these assignments have a strict deadline, and keeping track of them is critical to the student’s success. Other contributing factors of apparent detrimental effects are poor study skills, family commitments, and misapprehension of the difficulty of certain assignments.
Studies and Surveys
Numerous studies have been completed to better understand and resolve this issue for current and future students. In a study at the University of Georgia, students enrolled in an introductory psychology class volunteered to complete a series of surveys for college credit. Of these 90 students, about 90% of which were white, and all of whom had a wide variety of majors, were asked about a variety of topics including time management. This survey involved selecting on a scale from 1 to 5 how frequently they adhere to the hypothetical planning statements, with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest (reverse scoring exceptions are noted with an asterisk on the following chart). Short-range planning (Factor 1) was categorized by questions that implied short term planning, such as planning out your day at the start of every day. Time attitudes (Factor 2) reflected whether students felt they were using their time effectively and how much progress they felt they were making. Long-range planning (Factor 3) was, conversely to short-range planning, focused on longer-term organization and laying the groundwork for later short-range planning. In this study, time management was the most prevalent concern, topping even poor study habits. In a survey conducted by FileMaker, 87 percent of students say that better time management and organizational skills would improve their grades. 88 percent of college students wish to improve their ability to manage time. 50 percent of students do not use a single system (software usage or handwriting) to manage all their contacts, assignments, lecture notes, and research.
About the Data Collection
It is because of this difficulty that we have decided to research time management benefits and the effects such capabilities would have on their grades. Deepening our understanding of the problem can prove beneficial in creating a solution that will resolve this issue long-term. Our data comes from sources that have conducted surveys and completed numerous studies on this issue.
When the Data Was Collected
We have reviewed and accessed this data numerous times throughout the semester, the most recent access being December of 2020. Our largest data sources were accessed within a 20-year timespan. The survey commissioned by FileMaker was completed in 2006. This survey was conducted in October and the results of the survey were released in November. The study conducted by the University of Georgia was conducted in the 2000s at that university. A source like the one conducted by the University of Georgia produced similar results and was published in April of 2013. The References tab includes sources that indicate this is an issue continuing even into 2020.
Where Data Was Collected From
The data we have used were retrieved from studies and surveys conducted in a few manners. The resources used can be found online and in publications. FileMaker Pro is an easy-to-manage and user-friendly database that was used to conduct the survey studying students’ preparation for college. This is used by millions of individuals, workgroups, and organizations to help retrieve data and prepare solutions. Their survey was conducted nationwide via an online survey conducted by GreenField. Their survey used a sample size of 221 individuals. The study completed by the University of Georgia was conducted at the university, however, the sample size consisted of individuals enrolled in a psychology course. This is a relatively small sample size, however, the study conducted by Pamukkale University used a sample size using faculty at the university. Most of the data focuses on the United States, excluding Pamukkale University which took place in Turkey. Due to our observations, we can assume that this trend is one that will continue as students have not been presented with a satisfactory way to solve the problem. We note that for the surveys, most students would have to have access to a computer or a method to complete online surveys. Furthermore, we can assume that the information may change if the surveys were conducted in a more inclusive manner. This data serves as a good starting point for trying to resolve the time management issue.
Why the Data Was Collected
Time management may have become a greater issue as the idea of two hours of studying per credit hour became more commonplace. Students who are incapable of managing time in a convenient manner are more likely to see downward trends in their grades as their work obligations approach or exceed forty hours a week. We can lighten the load for these students, even if only a little, with an event planner. This will allow them to focus on the assignments instead of having to constantly check and keep track of changes to assignments as well as deadlines for completion.