Kendall Hunt Publishing Company published Japhet N. Makia (Department of English and Foreign Languages) and Elner J. Makia’s 2018 third edition of their guidebook Time Management Survival Planning Guide for Schools and Colleges. The manual is a road map (or GPS) for students’ academic journey; therefore, it is designed to assist students to utilize their time wisely by helping them stay focused on classes, events, appointments, meetings, and career objectives. The manual can be used as a retention and an intervention tool for high school and college students. Its primary purpose is to help students cope with the overwhelming responsibilities and demands of an educational setting by providing a tool for them to manage their time wisely. Hence, when they use this guidebook as designed, they will be able to attend their classes regularly and complete and submit their assignments on time. The planner’s principal goal is to help students prioritize their academic and extracurricular activities. The third edition has other incentives: All the Presidents of the United States, Some Great Kings and Queens of Africa (and a brief write up of each), Conversion Charts, The World’s Independent States and a World Map, and spaces to help students build their own vocabulary.
The following are comments from a few students who used the first and second editions of the planner in Japhet N. Makia’s Composition I & II classes at SAU:
1) “I love the Time Management Planning guide! I find that writing down my schedule and assignments everyday keeps me on track and helps me remember to do my work in a timely manner. I really can’t imagine school life without this Planner.” – Alexis Ankney
2) “I have never been able to spell for the death of me, but after being in your class and you making us write all different kinds of vocabulary words in our Time Management Survival Planning Guide, I have gotten much better. Most of the words we went over in class were out of my league, but after you had assigned them, I would go to my dictionary on my phone and look up the different words and write them down multiple times so they stuck. After doing that, I had my sister test me, and that has done an amazing job. If I had never been forced to write vocabulary in my planner, I would have never pushed myself as hard as I did to try and work on my spelling.” – Pa’den Conley
3) “At the beginning of the semester, I had a lot of time management issues. I was late for class, turned in my homework late, or didn’t study well for a test. Consequently, I was marked absent before I arrived, so I had poor grades. I trusted my brain to do all the work of remembering due dates of class work and homework, but I was definitely wrong. When my Comp. two professor introduced us to his Time Management Planner, I was not sure it was going to be the solution to my problems, but I had to give it a try. I purchased mine a couple of weeks after school began. Every Sunday evening, I wrote down all the activities I had to do for that week, and then I took a picture of that particular page so that even if I forgot my planner at home, I would look it up in my phone and keep track of what I had to do. A few months later, I realized how much this planner had helped me. I was hardly late for class and also turned in my homework even before it was due. This affected my grades positively because I scheduled more time to study. My vocabulary also increased tremendously because I wrote down new words and their meanings in my Time Management Planning Guide. I am sincerely grateful to my professor for endowing me with such great time management skills.” – Presious Nintai
4) “Having used Professor Makia’s planner for two semesters, I can say without a doubt that it has improved my time management skills tremendously. Not only do I keep track of all pending assignments and tasks more efficiently now, but also the vocabulary section is filled with dozens of new terms that I have picked up throughout the year and will keep in my vocabulary arsenal of tools to help improve my current and future writing.” – Kyle Kidd
5) “Professor Makia, your Time Management Survival Planning Guide for Schools and Colleges helped me with all of my classes. For the first time ever, I didn’t forget about a test or when to turn in homework, and I did not miss class. I highly recommend that you continue to have all of your classes use that book because after a certain amount of days, it became a habit for me to write my weekly schedule down on Sundays.” – Lauren Kidd