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Time Management Advice From An “A+” Student Support Services Student Are You A Time Waster? In order to know how to manage your time better, you need to know how you are currently wasting time. To do this, record how you spend your time for an entire week. Attend class, study time, eating, housework, recreation, sleeping, etc. Keep a notebook with you (or flash cards) and record the activities you engage in each hour. After a week of doing this you will be able to see any obvious ways that you can cut time wasting activities out of your agenda. Are You Wasting Time? (Example of notebook) Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 8-9 a.m. Eng. Class Sleep Eng. Class Laundry Eng. Class Sleep in Sleep in 9-10 a.m. Tutoring Breakfast Tutoring Laundry Talk with Sleep in Sleep in instructor 10-11 a.m. Math Math Math Math Math Breakfast Buy Class Class Class Class Class groceries 11-12 p.m. Speech Study Speech Study Speech Hair apt. Talk on Class Class Class phone 12-1 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Beach Clean house 1-2 p.m. Talk with Get Dry Tutoring Break Study Beach Lunch friends Cleaning time Failure To Plan…Is A Plan to Fail! Invest in a daily planner. Schedule your blocked hours first, such as: Class, Work, Tutoring, etc. Next, schedule study time. Treat school like a full time job. If you go to class 15 hours a week, you may need to study 25 hours a week. This may seem like a lot but broken down it is only 3-4 hours per day. You can break this up into one or two hour study sessions. Keep in mind assignments may take longer than anticipated to complete. Stick by your blocks of study time as you would a job or class. Pencil It In! Keep a daily to do list for each subject and be specific! Rather than writing “Study Psychology,” write “Read Psychology pages 115-130.” Prioritize your “things to do” list. Rank each item according to its significance and work on the most important items first. What “To Do”? Keep a “to-do” list with you every time you study. Whenever you think of something you need to do, just write it down and then continue studying. You won’t lose your concentration and can focus on all the other important things you need to do. Projects If You Don’t Plan Ahead…You Will Probably Be Left Behind! You may find the most difficult part of any major project is getting started. For major projects, write out each individual step you will need to take in order to accomplish it. Start off with the smaller/easier tasks first then build up to the larger ones. You may find that once you actually get rolling on a project, it really is not so bad. Divide difficult tasks into small, manageable sections. Start well before the due date. Just Do It! Don’t wait until you are in the mood to study, just do it! Once you start, it won’t be that bad. Study when you are most alert. (Are you a morning person? Get a second wind at night?) Spend time on each subject everyday. Even if you don’t have an assignment due, simply review your notes. This will save you time studying for mid-terms and finals. Have You Read The Book? Make a reading schedule for each class. Tally up the total amount of pages you will need to read for each class and divide that number by 5 (or 7 depending on how many days a week you are planning to study). It is much easier to manage small amounts English of information. Chapter 1 26 pages You will have time to study for each class everyday. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Pages 1-8 Pages 9-17 Pages 18-26 Maybe It Is Time To Try A New Approach!? Utilize the time you have in between each class for studying. Keep notes on flash cards and briefly look over them whenever you have a spare moment. Waiting in line, waiting for an appointment A convenient way to keep flash cards organized is to punch holes in them and connect them to a key ring. This way you can easily take them with you everywhere you go. Won’t Somebody Give Me A Break! Schedule blocks of time for breaks. Take a break every time you transfer to a new subject. Have a snack, check your E-mail, go for a walk, etc. Quiz Questions (Please answer the quiz questions and give a copy of the answers to a SSS staff member) 1. How can you determine if you are a time waster? 2. Should you invest in a planner? Why? 3. How should you organize your planner? 4. Why should you have a “to do” list? 5. How should you plan a project? 6. When should you study? 7. Should you take time to study each subject everyday? Why? 8. How should you make a schedule to read your textbook? 9. What are the benefits of using flash cards? 10. When should you take study breaks?
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