Joel Randall – How to Schedule Your College Life: Interview Campaign


Project Summary

As a senior graduating from college this semester, I wanted to compile a college guidebook for freshmen, and the topic I decided on was time management. My book—Study, Sleep, Repeat: 118 Tips to Schedule Your College Life—divides college time management into five sections: college routine, classes, homework, jobs, and leisure time.

In my first step of interviewing, I emailed 20 college faculty members from different states across the nation. I then interviewed the eight professors who responded. I used Zoom to conduct 30-minute interviews with 16 questions and additional follow-up questions. After talking with the professors, I organized the recordings and transcriptions to more clearly connect the insights.

In the second step of writing, I compiled the interview answers and grouped them into one of the five categories of my book in which they fit. Basing my book on the 16 questions, I wrote a chapter per question. I added subheadings and narration to organize the answers into specific tips that readers could put into practice. Then, I took a photo for the book cover.

Last, I formatted this project in InDesign and uploaded it to Amazon KDP as a print book and e-book that can be accessed here or at the bottom of this page. I am ecstatic about how it all turned out, and I hope many current and future college students will read this book to gain tips about balancing a busy college schedule.

Interview Questions

I asked the following 16 questions to my interviewees:

College Routine

  1. How could students start their day to be the most productive?
  2. How can students follow a schedule without getting burnt out?
  3. What order of priorities could students set on a day-to-day basis?
  4. How can students end the day and prepare for the next?


  1. How can students prepare for their classes effectively without wasting time?
  2. What are beneficial ways to make the most out of lectures and class time?
  3. What can students do during or after class to retain the information they learn?


  1. How can students produce high-quality homework assignments when other classes also demand high-quality assignments?
  2. How could students manage their time between easy and difficult assignments?
  3. How can students make the most of university resources, like tutoring?


  1. Would you recommend students work a job while taking classes? Why or why not?
  2. For students who work a job while going to school, what advice do you have for them not to get behind in homework?
  3. How could students set priorities between working a job and doing homework?

Leisure Time

  1. What’s a productive way students with too much free time can manage it?
  2. What can students do with free time between classes?
  3. What do busy students need to do to have more leisure time available?

Study, Sleep, Repeat

Here is the PDF file of my book, Study, Sleep, Repeat: 130 Tips to Schedule Your College Life. The final project has 18 chapters (excluding its three appendices), 152 pages, and a total of just over 42,000 words.