Research all NYC schools

Research Now

Advice on Time Management for Middle School

November 13, 2020 Halina de Jong-Lambert, Tim Lupberger

One of the most critical life skills for a student to succeed both inside and outside the classroom is time management. Though it is tempting to see it as a skill that can be developed later, a student should try to build up their ability to manage time as soon as possible to develop good habits for the years to come. With the current online learning environment and the separation between work and free-time blending together, now is especially a great time to build up time management skills. With these few easy steps, you can develop this skill and be ready for any new challenges and distractions that you will encounter.

1. Using a planner

A planner can be extremely useful in keeping track of when homework assignments need to be submitted or anything that may impact your schedule. You do not need to have a physical planner, but make sure you have a space (digital or physical) to plan your school week. In your planner, you should note when assignments are due, when tests are scheduled, any meeting times for your extracurricular activities, and anything else with a scheduled date and time. 

2. Scheduling out your day

Creating a schedule that works for you is crucial to make the best use of your time. If you have extracurriculars or other responsibilities after school, you should make sure you know how much time you will have to do your homework or study. In addition to the time you will have at home to work, you should also try to use any time in school to get your work done. Getting a headstart on your homework during school, whether during lunch or study hall periods, is an easy way to lighten your workload and make more time later to spend time with others and relax. In addition to planning out when you should work, you should also plan out time to take breaks, so you do not burn yourself out and still get restful sleep. 

3. Making the most of your time

The most important aspect of time management is minimizing distractions. One of the most fundamental reasons why students have a hard time managing their time is because of the distractions they face from friends, social media, or their environment. The first step to minimizing these distractions is recognizing what they are. Once you realize the particular sources of distraction, you will be more equipped to figure out ways to reduce their influence on you. For example, you may find that you spend hours playing video games or talking to your friends, which is taking away from your schoolwork. By recognizing the source of your distractions, you can then decide to limit the amount of time you play games or set particular times you can talk to your friends. These small steps are ways you can minimize these distractions and make the most of each day!

Practicing these three steps every day will help you develop your time management skills and build you into a better student. Like any old habit, it may be uncomfortable or difficult to break, but once you can reshape your habits, you will be a master of time management. This is a skill that will not only help you in middle school but in high school and throughout your life.

Halina de Jong-Lambert is a sophomore at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music Art and Performing Arts, she is an acting major at the school, and in her free time enjoys classical music and reading Stephen King Novels. 

Tim Lupberger is a sophomore at Xavier High School. In his free time, Tim likes to go running and watch Netflix.

Join to

Join today and have a high school mentor guide your child through their middle school years

Join Now

Other articles

  • img

    Academic Teams and Competitions Perfect for Middle School Students

    • January 18, 2021
    • Oliwia Caes

    The advantages that come with involvement in extracurricular activities for middle school students are numerous. While one motivation for joining a club may be for high school applications, there are other reasons to consider joining one too. Academic clubs such as math teams, science teams, and Model UN can be a fun way to learn outside of the classroom and to learn important life skills.

    Read More

  • img

    What to know about public school applications this year

    • January 11, 2021
    • Halina de Jong-Lambert

    Chancellor Richard R. Carranza put out a letter on December 18th, 2020, outlining the changes that will be put into effect and continuities for the admissions process for New York City public high schools, that have been made largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Carranza is also focusing on lessening inequities that were thrown into light by the pandemic, specifically the worse impact that Covid-19 had on students of color and low-income students, as well as keeping the process as normal as it can be, keeping in mind social distancing guidelines.

    Read More

  • img

    Staying Updated in Current Admissions Environment

    • January 07, 2021
    • Paris William Polatidis

    When looking into high schools, it is vital to stay updated on the current admissions process. In years past, most schools' admissions environments would not change dramatically. However, with middle schools using alternative grading methods, and tests being delayed due to the pandemic, high schools have had to update their acceptance criteria. With so much uncertainty and rapid changes during this time, it is important to remain up to date on high school admissions environments. Here is some information on how to keep yourself updated during these harrowing times.

    Read More

  • img

    How Can You Make The Most of Your Virtual School Tours

    • December 15, 2020
    • Halina de Jong-Lambert

    It's understandable to want to get a feel of the high schools you're thinking about applying to, which usually you can do by going to tours, walking around the school, listening to students and faculty about the school, and asking questions. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this aspect of the high school application process is being converted to online video meetings and video format, but you can still get the same amount out of a virtual tour, with a little more effort.

    Read More