21 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF NOW
The following 21 time management techniques are about when to study, where to study,
how to handle the rest of the world, and things you can ask yourself when you get stuck.
As you read, underline, circle, or otherwise note the suggestions you think you can use.
Pick two or three techniques to use now. when they become habits and you do them
automatically, come back to this article and pick a couple more
When to study
Plan two hours study time for every hour you spend in class.
There are exceptions, but this is a good general rule. It's also one that few students
follow. Students making the transition from high school to higher education are often
unaware that more is expected of them. If you are taking 15 credit hours, plan to spend 30
hours per week studying. The benefits of following this rule will be apparent at exam
Study difficult (or boring) subjects first.
If your chemistry problems put you to sleep, get to them first, while you are fresh. Most
of us tend to do what we like first, yet the courses we find most .difficult often require the
most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later. If you find yourself avoiding
a particular subject, you might get up n hour early to study it before breakfast. With that
chore out of the way, the rest of the day will be a breeze. (If you discover that you
continually avoid a subject that course might be a potential trouble area. Take a look at
the circumstances of this behavior).
Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
When possible, study in shorter sessions. Three 3-hour sessions are far more productive
for most people than one 9-hour session. In a 9- or la-hour study marathon, the actual
time on task can be depressingly small. With 10 hours of study ahead of you, the
temptation is to tell yourself, “Well, it's going to be a long day. No sense getting in a
rush. Better sharpen about a dozen of these pencils and change the lightbulbs.”
In the 10-
hour sitting you might spend only 6 or 7 hours studying, whereas three shorter sessions
might yield as much as8 hours of productive time.
When you do study in long sessions, take a planned break every hour. Focus your
attention for short periods, then give your brain a chance to take a break.
Finally, if you must study in a large block of time, work on several subjects and
avoid studying similar subjects back to back. For example, if you plan to study sociology,
psychology, and computer science, sandwich the computer course between psychology
Be aware of your best time of day.
Many people learn best in daylight hours. Observe yourself, and if this is true for you,
schedule study time for your most difficult subjects when the sun is up.
Many successful business people begin their day at 5 a.m. (or earlier!), while most