TIME MANAGEMENT AS KEY TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS

During the phase of university academic training there are essential changes in the university student’s lifestyle concerning time management skills, though initially they are ill prepared to adjust to these changes. University training requires a flexible timetable and high amount of autonomous study; therefore less time is spent in lectures.
A research was carried out among Vigo University’s Physical Activity and Sport Science students. The aim of this study was to analyse students’ time management skills according to the theoretical and practical module of The Fundamental and Didactic methods of Swimming (F.D.M Swimming) during the first year of academic training. A self-reported questionnaire assessing time expenditure and management of time was administrated weekly from the second week of the academic year. The questionnaire was composed of three divisions: 1. Quantity of time spent in the lectures, 2. Amount of autonomous study time and 3. Students’ desired weekly workload within the module. The data was analysed according to the student´s final mark. It was found that university students assigned 3.07±0.26 hours/week to the lectures and 1.32±0.57 hours/week autonomous study. The higher marks are linked with those students with a higher dedication to the module (p>0.001; r=0.433).