By the time you graduate from university or college, you will have heard the lecture on “Time management” a thousand times. If you are like many students, you will have tuned it out and filed it in the back of your mind under “Later.”
Most students only tend to get excited about time management when they are dating.
There is one time management system, however, that is easy and fun, and you can use it to get better marks on group school projects.
It is called Free Web Conferencing.
Group school projects usually aren’t fun either, unless you like herding cats, or having your fur rubbed the wrong way by someone else who does—but web conferencing makes managing the time of a group of five students on a project really easy.
Easy Time Management
Two of the toughest things about group school projects are sorting out everyone’s schedule to find a time to meet, and getting the assignment done on time. Web Conferencing solves both.
Web meetings are just fancy conference calls that come with Video Conferencing and Free Screen Sharing. You can sign up in a few minutes online, and they are free. No downloads. It’s all in the Cloud.
Then use the Call Scheduling feature to set up all your meetings at once, working back from your deadline. Plug in a meeting to review your progress 1/2 way, so you can find out who isn’t doing their share before it sinks you, another conference call to collect everybody’s work for editing and collation, and maybe a last web meeting for a final review.
Automatic Time Management
Recurring Calls is a feature that makes setting up repeat meetings fast, and the automatic Invitations and Reminders will do the herding of cats for you without any fur flying, so you can still all be friends at the end of the project.
The automatic reminders that come with Web Meetings will help everyone meet their individual deadlines, so your group can meet your overall deadline.
That’s how you get better marks. It’s hard to get good marks when one person bombs out and 20% of the assignment is missing.
TIP: Always add a few days for panicking near the end, and set your deadline two days before the real deadline.
“That’s the way you do it”
Using free web meetings to get a group school project done is as easy as using your phone to wake you up in time to get to class.
Web conferencing lets you set up the entire time management system for a group school project in about five minutes. It saves you travelling all over town for sit-down meetings. It’s free, and it never forgets a deadline. The shared desktop is actually the best way of collaborating.
If you are like me, time management is about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. Time management is only fun when you are in love. Then showing up on time is easy. Making time is a pleasure. Completing assignments is a snap.
They say, “Love is the greatest teacher.” True. For all other time management, there’s web conferencing.