Time Management and Organization

Maintain focus and control to improve productivity and reduce stress. The following resources are designed to help you practice effective time management skills and organization skills.

  • Reading Strategies for Graduate Students

    In this session we will discuss and practice various efficient and effective approaches to reading academic material at the graduate level, including skimming, scanning, and careful/analytical reading. We will also address how to deal with a large volume of reading, and with difficult parts of text.

  • Time Management for Graduate Students

    Good time management skills are often crucial to your success as a graduate student. This Learning Skills presentation offers planning and organizational strategies and explores ways to increase motivation and productivity.

  • Future Prof Series

    These interactive seminars for future professors and professionals provide valuable insight into teaching and career-strategies across the disciplines. The workshops in this series are constantly evolving to meet the current interests of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

  • Advanced Teaching Program

    The Advanced Teaching Program (ATP) is a 20-hour short course designed for advanced graduate students who would like to develop practical teaching skills for current and future teaching roles. Topics include course design strategies, active learning, authentic assessment of student learning, and maintaining a culture of respect and community in the classroom. Participants gain hands-on experience by practicing instructional techniques in microteaching sessions where they receive constructive feedback from peers and an experienced team of instructors. Participants also design a workshop on teaching in their discipline. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to submit their capstone projects for publication in the Teaching Innovation Projects Journal.

  • TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching

    This one-day conference introduces graduate students to teaching at Western and helps prepare them for their roles as Teaching Assistants. Conference highlights include a keynote presentation by an award-winning faculty member and a panel of experienced Teaching Assistants from across the disciplines. Participants choose from a variety concurrent workshops that focus on different teaching topics including: facilitating discussions, managing difficult situations, communication strategies, and more. Graduate students also have the opportunity to hear from key campus partners including Western Libraries, the Writing Support Centre, Learning Skills Services, the Wellness Education Centre, the TA Union (PSAC Local 610), and the Society of Graduate Students.

  • Time Management

    If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this workshop is here to help. In this online module, you’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

  • Take Care: Mental Health and Wellness in Graduate School

    This interactive online module is created specifically for Western graduate students to learn about taking care of their mental health, stress management, and achieving a balance in key aspects of well-being during graduate school.

  • Planning Your Scientific Journey

    Being successful as a scientist requires more than acquiring knowledge and developing experimental skills. It also requires: (1) asking a good scientific question, (2) establishing a clear plan of action, and (3) seeking advice along the way. Whether you have yet to decide on a research question or are well-immersed in a project, this online course will help to crystallize your research ideas and goals.