Scheduling When and where you study How often you study How much time you waste The quality of your study time The “excuses” you use for notstudying Your PrioritiesCarefully consider
Learn How to Make a ScheduleMake a list of daily activities and realistically estimatethe amount of time required to complete each.Consider Priorities in this order:1. In-class time2. Work hours3. Meals4. Sleep5. Classes outside school6. Family Activities7. Study block time(begin with at least one hour a day)8. Recreation time (include exercise)
Use a Daily PlannerUsing a Day Planner,write your activities in the time slotsConsider the following as you plan your time:A. Make your schedule somewhat flexible.a. Don’t schedule every hour of every day.b. Leave room for the unexpected(extra assignment, activity, etc.)c. Leave room for change, but onlymake a change for a good reason.B. Write LegiblyC. Be realistic – know your limits
Post SchedulesandAssignments/ListsKeep your Day Planner/Handbook with you(You won’t follow your scheduleunless you look at it!)
On the refrigerator doorOn a boardInclude the following:Study blocksFamily activitiesSpecial eventsMake and follow a daily “To-Do” listPost Time Schedules of Home Activities
Try using your schedule for a week before makingchanges.Become familiar with your schedule and make it a habit.Refer to it often throughout the day.Carry it with you at all times.Remember to be flexible and to change something …only if there is a good reason.Hints for SuccessfulSchedules
Create A Positive Environment Find a place to study and keep itfor study only. Noise level and the visualenvironment to acceptablelevels Avoid relaxing while working;create a work atmosphere
Concentration Do’so Good lightingo Ventilationo A comfortable chair, but not toocomfortableo A desk large enough to spreadout your materials
Concentration Don’ts A distracting view of otheractivities that you want to beinvolved in Laptop/ iPad Cellphone TV/ Music system A roommate or friend who wantsto talk a lot A refrigerator stocked withscrumptious goodies
Staying Focused When distracters are present,become intensely involved Keep a pad of paper handy to jotdown extraneous thoughts that crossyour mind while studying, get themout of your mind and on to paper Set study goals before you begineach period of study (number ofpages, problems) Design adequate rewards afterspecified goals are attained
Staying Focused (Contd) Break-up the content of study bymixing up subjects and building invariety and interest and removingboredom Make the most of rest periods-dosomething different Dont try to mix work and play Start with short study periods andbuild to longer periods only as fastas you maintain concentration
Tip # 1 Establish a consistenttime and place to studyeach day. Look for aplace that has minimaldistractions and allowsyou to fully concentrate.
Tip # 2 Begin studying immediatelywhen you sit down with theintention of studying. Checkinge-mails and FB gets you offtrack and makes it less likelythat you are going to have asuccessful and productive studysession.
Tip # 3 Plan exactly what you want toaccomplish during the studysession prior to the session.Make a list of these tasks andstick to it during the studysession.
Tip # 4 Break large tasks down intosmaller, more manageabletasks. This will help you tomaintain focus and complete thetask quicker and easier.
Tip # 5 Log what you have done duringa study session so that you canlook back and see just howmuch you accomplished. Thiswill also help you to keep trackof what has already beencompleted and what still needsto be done.
Tip # 6 Keep your study supplies anddesignated studying space neatand organized. This will let youfind what you need with easeand will allow you to reducewasted time created bysearching for missing items.
Tip # 7 Try to limit daydreaming byallowing yourself adequatebreaks. Your goal should be tostay as focused as possibleduring the study session.
Tip # 8 Get sleep! Getting enoughsleep helps you to study betterand remember more material.Limit caffeine a few hours beforebed in order to assure that sleepis uninterrupted.
Tip # 9 Eat a healthy well balanced diet.This will help you to feel better,and will allow you to betterabsorb and retain theinformation you study. And remove wastes! Take plenty of water
Tip # 10 Exercise! Exercising will helpyou to increase your memorywhich makes it easier for you toretain important material.Exercising will also improve youroverall confidence.