Time Management Tips
- Prioritize what needs to be done both short and long term.
- Buy a good academic planner. Choose one that is separated into months and days or use an electronic calendar.
- Plan your study time by multiplying your total credit hours by two. This will give you an estimate of how much time you should allocate towards studying each week.
- Keep your calendar handy so you can schedule new appointments and avoid being overbooked.
- Enter all your deadlines on your monthly calendar.
- Use different colored pens or markers to distinguish different classes.
Study time tips
- Split study times up into smaller chunks.
- Take a 10 minute break every 45 minutes or so.
- Avoid studying in areas with interruptions.
- Try to study during daylight hours. Natural light is more conducive to learning.
- Use shorter periods of time to study. Note cards are great for 10-15 minute study sessions.
- Memorize from general to specific.
- Spread out your studying. Cramming does not work.
- Keys to remembering
- Be interested.
- Consciously choose to remember.
- Visualize. Picture in your mind what you wish to remember.
- Relate. Relate and form associations between the new ideas and information you wish to remember.
- Repeat. Even though something is initially learned, it will more than likely be forgotten if it is not over-learned.
- Memory tips
- Fill in blanks. Make your own flash cards by writing “fill in the blank” statements on the front of the index cards and answers on the back.
- Seven is the magic number. Repeat difficult information seven times a day for seven days.
- Reveal. During review, cover up the text below headings and try to remember what’s next.
- Key ideas. Highlight the key ideas in your textbooks and outlines.