Next week you have three papers due, a meeting with your advisor, work at your part-​​time job, prac­tice for your club sport, and group study for that big test.

To suc­ceed, time man­age­ment will be crit­ical, espe­cially if you want to carve out time for friends and fun activ­i­ties, like catching up on episodes of Game of Thrones before next month’s new season premiere.

Erin Schnepp, an aca­d­emic advisor in Col­lege of Engi­neering Under­grad­uate Stu­dent Ser­vices, runs a series of “Roadmap to Suc­cess” work­shops each semester that cover topics ranging from goal set­ting to study skills. But she says her time man­age­ment work­shop always draws one of the biggest groups of stu­dents. (The work­shops are tar­geted for stu­dents majoring within the Col­lege of Engi­neering, and the next one, on April 13, will focus on con­quering test taking and exam anxiety.)

Here, Schnepp offers three time-​​management tips that can ben­efit any student.

1) When stu­dents receive their course syl­labi at the start of the semester, Schnepp sug­gests that they com­bine all of them into one doc­u­ment that lists when every paper and project is due. “It can be intim­i­dating to keep track of four or five syl­labi all at once,” she says. “But when you have one it’s much more helpful.”

2) Schnepp encour­ages stu­dents to find a planner or record-​​keeping mech­a­nism that works for them and then stick to it. This could be a tra­di­tional pen and paper planner of the daily or monthly variety or an app or another dig­ital tool on your smart­phone. “You need a go-​​to item that keeps track of impor­tant dates, meet­ings, job hours, club and vol­un­teering hours, you name it,” she says. “And each night, look ahead to the next day or few days to think about how you can com­plete every­thing on your schedule.”

3) When it comes to study time, Schnepp says, stu­dents should avoid marathon ses­sions. “I like to com­pare it to going to the gym,” she says. “If you work out from 8 a.m. to mid­night, it’s not healthy. Your brain needs time to relax just as much as your other mus­cles do.” She sug­gests studying for 30–45 min­utes at a time and then taking a short break to refresh by eating a snack or taking a walk. This is the Pomodoro Tech­nique. “If you give your­self ample time to do an assign­ment, you can spread out your energy,” she says.

Stu­dents in her Road to Suc­cess work­shops on time man­age­ment have also sug­gested some tools for their peers to try out. One is Focus Booster, which works in tandem with con­cepts from the Pomodoro Tech­nique. Others are Remember the Milk and Ever­note.