The objective of this research is to investigate the strategies of time management among HKU SPACE Community College students. Our survey was conducted at the KEC campus of the HKU SPACE Community College and University of Hong Kong for science students. 50 questionnaires were issued in early March and all copies were answered and collected. The questionnaire is mainly focused on students’ perspectives to time management and how students themselves arrange their time. There are a total of 17 questions in it. The questionnaire will be displayed in appendix
Besides the primary data collected, secondary data are used as supporting data. These supporting data are found from online research and articles. Among the 50 interviewees, 31 of them were male and 19 of them were female. The graph shows that 18 out of 31 males did not have a planning habit while 7 out of 19 females interviewed did not; the 13 males and 12 females left had a planning habit. 2. Discussion 2. 1 Function of time management Time is always a limited resource for students. Arrangement of time and things to do should be the .
According to the survey done through the questionnaire about time management, most of the respondents agreed that time management was important. There were only 6 out of 50 interviewees suggested that time management was not important, and all of them were males without planning habit. Time management is important should be a true statement, however, from the research, only few respondents suggested that time management was not important. It might relate to their actual practices or they might have managed their time inadvertently.
Therefore, they thought they could perform well without time management. We had interviewed 50 college students’ views on the assistance of time management on daily performance. For those who had planning habit, only 7 interviewees thought that having a plan was very helpful to their daily performance. 13 out of 25 students said it helped a little. 5 respondents had a neutral stand on this question. None of them thought it is unhelpful. For those who have no planning habit, only 1 male thought that having a plan is very helpful to their daily performance.
9 out of 25 students claimed that it helped a bit and the other 9 had a neutral stand. 6 out of 21 believed that it was unhelpful. Most of the interviewees agreed that having a plan helped their daily performance, but it only gave a little help. It was because time management was benefit to the students’ performance but there were still other factors related such as the studying environment and students’ attitudes (Britton 408). We designed one question to ask students’ views about the relationship between time management and stress.
From the result, 21 of them who had planning habit answered “Yes” with three different reasons, include I was becoming less busy, making less mistakes and having more free time. 1 female interviewee believed in all of the three reasons. However, 4 respondents suggested that a good planning of time could not help reducing stress and students would become rush. 18 students without planning habit believed that having a good planning of time could reduce stress. But there were 6 out of 25 interviewees thought that a good time management could not reduce stress and would let them to be rush.
1 male interviewee mentioned that a good planning of time do not affect the stress level. Result supported that an effective time management could help to reduce stress. Most of the respondents agreed that a good planning of time help reducing stress. According to the study of Misra and McKean’s study, an effective time management had a buffering effect on academic stress. Students having a plan to their time could help them to develop a clear concept about what to do stepwise, which means to help them saving time to do other things and help them making+ fewer mistakes on their work.
In fact, feeling a control of the situation could reduce the stress level. Moreover, having a time managing habit could soothing the anxiety while an emergency happened because the other events had already to be well planned and did not need to worry the limit of time. The research also showed that there is a gender different on the view of time management. More female felt support by the planning of time than male in ratio. Effective time management in female reduce stress level more (Wohlgemuth 371). The reason of feeling lower level of stress also contained gender different.
More male suggested having more free time than female, which could show the different in point of view between two genders. However, there were some feedback stated that an effective management could not reduce stress level. The report by Misra and McKean’s study suggested that there were other factors to increase students stress level such as emotional effect, problem-solving effect, etc. Therefore, the research could show that time management is related to lower the students’ stress level but it was not the only factor related.