Plan a schedule of balanced activities.
College life has many aspects which are very
important to success. Some have fixed time requirements and some are flexible. Some
of the most common which you must consider are:
Fixed: eating, organization, classes, work, spirituality
Flexible: sleeping, recreation, study, relaxation, socializing
Study at a regular time and in a regular place.
Establishing habits of study is
extremely important. Knowing what you are going to study and when saves a lot of time
in making decisions and retracing your steps to get necessary materials, etc.. Avoid
generalizations in your schedule such as “study”. Commit yourself more definitely to
“study history” or “study chemistry” at certain regular hours.
Study as soon after lecture class as possible.
One hour spent soon after class will do as
much as several hours a few days later. Review lecture notes while they are still fresh in
your mind. Start assignments while your memory of the assignment is still accurate.
Use odd hours during the day for studying.
Scattered 1-2 hour free periods between
classes are easily wasted. Planning and establishing habits of using them for studying for
the class just finished will result in free time for recreation at other times in the week.
Limit your blocks of study time to no more than 2 hours on any one course at a time.
After 1 1/2 to 2 hours of study you begin to tire rapidly and your ability to
concentrate decreases rapidly. Taking a break and then studying another course will
provide the change necessary to keep up your efficiency.
Provide for spaced review.
That is, a regular weekly period when you will review the
work in each of your courses and be sure you are up to date. This review should be
cumulative, covering briefly all the work done thus far in the semester.
List according to priorities.
By putting first things first, you are sure to get the most
important things done on time.
Eat well-balanced meals and get regular exercise.
Take time for good meals and
exercise. Healthy eating and exercise can dramatically improve your concentration,
mood, and increase your energy level.
Double your time estimates.
Most people tend to underestimate how much time a
particular activity / assignment will take. A good rule of thumb is to estimate how much
time you realistically think something will take and then double it. More often than not,
this doubled estimate is accurate.
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