Dr Mohammed Haroon RashidScheduling Time forStudy
1. PLAN ENOUGH TIME FORSTUDY. A college expects a student toaverage about two hours in studying(including library work, term papers,themes, etc.) for each hour spent inthe classroom.
2. STUDY AT THE SAMETIME EVERY DAY.A student should schedule certainhours which are used forstudying almost every day in ahabitual, systematic way.Having regular hours at least fivedays a week will make it easierto habitually follow the scheduleand to maintain an activeapproach to study.
3. MAKE USE OF THE FREE HOURSDURING THE SCHOOL DAY. The hours between classes areperhaps a students most valuablestudy time yet, ironically, the mostfrequently misused. A student may effectively utilizethese hours reviewing the materialand editing the notes of thepreceding class and/or studying thematerial to be discussed in thefollowing class.
4. PLAN STUDY PERIODS TOFOLLOW CLASS PERIODS. This should be done wheneverpossible. The next best procedure is toschedule the period for studyimmediately preceding the class. A student should specify theparticular course he will study ratherthan just marking "study" on hisschedule.
5. SPACE STUDY PERIODS. Fifty to ninety minutes of study at atime for each course works best. Relaxation periods of ten or fifteenminutes should be scheduledbetween study periods. It is more efficient to study hard for adefinite period of time, and then stopfor a few minutes, than attempt tostudy on indefinitely.
6. PLAN FOR WEEKLYREVIEWS. At least one hour each week foreach class (distinct from studytime) should be scheduled. The weekend is a good time forreview.
7. LEAVE SOMEUNSCHEDULED TIME FORFLEXIBILITY. This is important! Lack offlexibility is the major reasonwhy schedules fail. Students tend to over-schedulethemselves.
8. ALLOT TIME FOR PLANNEDRECREATION, CAMPUS ANDISTHAMA ACTIVITIES When a student plans hisschedule, he should begin bylisting the activities that come atfixed hours and cannot bechanged. Classes andlaboratories, eating, sleep, Namaz and jobs are examples oftime uses which the studenttypically cannot alter.
8. ALLOT TIME FOR PLANNEDRECREATION, CAMPUS ANDISTHAMA ACTIVITIES. Next, he can schedule hisflexible time commitments. These hours can beinterchanged with other hours ifhe finds that his schedule mustbe changed during the week. Recreational activities areplanned last.
SCHEDULING TIME FORSTUDY When forced to deviate from yourplanned schedule (and that willinvariably occur), you should tradetime rather than steal it from yourschedule. Thus, if you have an unexpectedvisitor at a time you have reservedfor study, you can substitute anequal amount of study time for theperiod you had set aside forrecreation.