Student Procedures

Purpose: Students will actually realize how much time they spend on activities in a given 24-hour period.

Goal: The student will:

  1. Record your activities for a 24-hour period, grouping them into categories.
  2. Place their data in a circle graph (pie chart).
  3. Find information on the Internet that would give you suggestions of how to manage their time better.
  4. Make deductions of how you can spend your time more wisely using the information you got over the Internet and your data.

Previous Knowledge: Basic Spreadsheet Skills, Basic Math skills - addition, division

Materials: Worksheet - 'Time Management'

  1. Computer
  2. Online Access
  3. Calculator - (on computer - optional)
  4. Computer paper

Skills Used:

Time Required: 2 - 3 weeks depending on your students


  1. Plot your activities for a 24-hour day. Record these activities in MSWorks or any other SS program that your class is using.
  2. See attached table for an example of how to do this.
    Also, see the category section to classify which category each activity goes in.

  3. Below the activities that are recorded on your SS, list the categories you personally used, then next to each category have a cell to add all cells of that category together, a cell to add all percents together and a cell to add all decimals together.
    Do this for each category. Then have a cell to add all categories together, a cell to add all percents together and a cell to add all decimals together.

  4. Highlight all of your categories and formulas and click on your chart tool button and make your pie graph (chart).

  5. Access the internet to find ways in which you can improve your use of time. Read this information!

    URL's to access on-line:

    1. Ten Tips for Better Time Management

  6. Write a three-fourths to one page paper on how you can use your time more wisely making reference (not plagiarism) to what you read on the Internet.

  7. Print our your SS file, your graph (chart), your three-fourths to one page paper.

  8. Turn in to your teacher.

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    These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.
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