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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

Adjusting to remote learning can be challenging, especially during these unprecedented times. Prioritizing and managing your time and tasks can help reduce cognitive overload. Here are some helpful tips:

Break it down

Make assignments and projects more manageable by breaking them up into smaller tasks first. Be sure to include the smaller tasks in your planner.

Block out time

Block out time to work on assignments. Blocking time can also be effective in maintaining focus. Design your schedule with your learning in mind.

  1. Pomodoro Timer - Set a timer to remain focused,allow yourself to work for 25-45 minutes at a time.

Structure Your Day

Structure your day in order to build routine, ensure to schedule time for activities outside of school work. Here’s an example:

  • 8am breakfast
  • 9am-1pm Lecture Periods
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm Exercise/Activity hour
  • 3pm-4pm Meditation/Quiet time
  • 4:30pm-6pm Socializing with family, friends, etc.
  • 6pm-7pm Dinner
  • 7pm-10pm Homework/Studying

As many classes are pre-recorded to watch on your own time, it is also important to set-up a weekly schedule to watch lectures. Creating a weekly calendar is a great way to set goals and ensure that you keep on track.

Items to include in a weekly schedule:

  • Live Lectures or discussions
  • Due dates of assignments
  • List of required readings
  • Schedule times to watch recorded classes
  • Study groups

Suggested Apps for Time Management

(Free with options to upgrade)

  • Remember the Milk -Manage time and tasks across multiple devices.
  • Trello -Easily organize tasks in this visual board, share with others for group projects.
  • Class Time Table -Create your own planner and task lists.