Make a list of items that need to be completed, and prioritize this list. Then, decide how long it will take to accomplish each of these tasks.
Use an organizer and assign yourself blocks of time to study. How long these "blocks" of study time should be will depend on the first step. If a task is more complicated, it will require more time. Remember, studying in shorter increments over a long period of time is better than cramming everything in over a short period of time.
Basic Principals (cont.)
Set goals for yourself and a timeline in which to reach those goals. Remember to be realistic when setting these goals and to reward yourself when these goals are reached.
Don't procrastinate. Do the hard stuff first. Instead of dwelling on a section, just do it and move on (the perfectionist will have more problems with this one). If you have kept to your established schedule, it will be easier to recognize when you are spending too much time on one part of the project.
Five Strategies for Successful System of Study!
Use a weekly block schedule.
Use a daily planner.
Use a semester calendar.
Balance academic with social and personal demands.
Develop a weekly routine that includes these considerations:
Class Attendance and course work as your main priority.
Regular slots for study throughout the week.
Time before class to refresh yourself about the day’s topic.
Time after class to go over lecture notes, work on assignments, and complete readings.
Develop a weekly routine that includes these considerations: (cont.)
5. Ready access to a study location with minimal distractions.
6. Time to take advantage of campus support services, such as, writing center, tutoring, counseling center, etc.
7. Time to attend extracurricular activities, lecture presentations, student organizations, or community events.
8. Time for personal commitments, such as a job, sports, or family responsibilities.
Weekly Block Schedule
Provides you with a visual representation of your week.
First, write in activities that you must do at a fixed time (classes, labs, work, meetings or appointments)
Second, Fill in those events for which you can establish your own times to work on and complete (homework, studying, tutoring, meals, sleep, household tasks/errands, emails, calls, exercise, downtime)
Block Scheduling (cont.)
Review pages 22-23 in the textbook for examples.
Make a schedule.
Re-evaluate Your Priorities.
Cause and Effect Relationships.
Working ‘Under Pressure.”
Variety is the Spice of Life!
Stop Procrastinating! (cont.)
Focus on Assets.
Seven Day Non- Procrastination Plan
Monday : Make tasks meaningful
Tuesday : Divide large assignments into smaller parts
Wednesday : Write an intention statement
Thursday : Tell everyone about your schedules and plans
Friday : Find a reward for doing things on time
Saturday : Settle any problems now
Sunday : SAY NO!
Create your own block weekly block schedule for the next week.
Monitor how much time you are spending on each activity.
If you plan for an hour and actually use two on an activity or task, adjust your sheet accordingly.