Use Two Schedules
Learn to say no! Saying no to partying, movies,
etc. does not make you a terrible person.
Do Not Study for More than 2 Hours at a time.
Your brain really does shut down and any studying you do after that point
is just a waste of time.
Use Travel Time to Study. Pop a study or lecture
tape into your car's cassette player; put on those earphones if you ride
the train or car pool. If you use a laundromat, listen to study tapes while
your clothes spin and dry.
Try to Study During Daylight Hours. Natural light
really is more conducive to learning.
Create an hour by hour weekly schedule. Using
your class schedule as a guide, block out specific times each day for study
and all other activities; RULE OF THUMB: one and a half hours of
study for each hour of class.
Create a semester schedule showing midterms, finals,
due dates and other important events. Review both schedules weeklyand allow
more study time as needed. A good schedule keeps you from wandering off
Use the 30 - 3 - 2 Schedule
Prioritize! - Daily list what you need to study,
prioritize and set times for each item and stick to it.
Study, Study, Study
Study for 30 minutes.
Take a 3-minute break. Let the break be a time
to think about other things
Upon returning, take an extra 2 minutes to mentally
review what you have just read and do a quick preview of what is coming
STUDY - BREAK - REVIEW - PREVIEW - STUDY
Attend as many academic support activities and
workshops as possible. They are usually free and are always helpful
Study! This may be a cause of stating the obvious
but, you would be surprised how many students don't bother.
Studying with Soothing Music in the background
(contrary to popular opinion) can enhance your concentration.
Floral scented candles and mixed floral potpourri
facilitate learning (strange but true).
Studying in a soft chair or on a cushy bed may
not be the best strategy
Active learning may require walking around the
room or sitting on the edge of the chair.
Wake up your body! Wake up your mind!
Study Space: Your regular study space should be
as quiet and comfortable as possible and large enough to have easy access
to everything you need for studying (text and reference books, paper, pencils,
Libraries, study lounges, or private rooms are
Get rid of clutter. Clear the desk or table of
all materials not related to the current project.
Goals Are Targets Toward Which You Aim!
Are you willing to make the necessary
sacrifices to accomplish your goals?
Tutoring is not a negative thing! Get help early
before the academic damage is irreversible. Many schools offer free tutoring
in a variety of subjects.
Study groups are great but, in general - studying
alone is more effective.
Set realistic goals, within timeliness (in writing).
Goals should be specific and clear.
Determine the purpose of your goals and their
achievement benefits. Write them down next to your goal.
Set specific strategies for accomplishing each
goal (in writing).
Set target dates for self-evaluation of progress.
Periodically visualize your goal-as well as your
strategies for accomplishing the goal.
List potential obstacles to attining the goal.
List strategies for overcoming obstacles.
Follow through on all strategies.