Time Management

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Time Management Tips

Get organized

  • 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. 

Studying Tips

  • 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.