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Prioritizing Disposable Time

Take a look at your weekly schedule and note your class periods. As an example, if you have Psychology every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00am, look for a block of time amounting to an hour or two as soon as possible after that class ends. If that class ends at 11:00am and you don't have another class until 2:00pm, you have a great opportunity. One of the study tips that will be presented later on has to do with reviewing and/or transcribing your notes as soon as possible after taking them in order to have a better recall of them. An excellent plan for the above situation would be to go grab a light but nutritious lunch or snack and head for the library for a two hour study session. This can include getting reading assignments started or completed for the next class period after you have your notes from today revamped into an understandable and readable manner for future review.

Go on and look at other class periods throughout the week and see where you can work in a good hour or two of study as close to the end of class as possible. Some of this study can be worked in during the day, but some will need to be done at night or on weekends. Remember that we all have subjects where the material comes easier for us than other subjects. Consider this fact as you schedule your study time for each subject and allow a bit more time for the more difficult material.

Remember to leave time for meals and breaks and exercise. Once you have two hours of study time scheduled for each hour of class time, you can see where your best rest and relaxation periods are likely to be. If you enjoy a particular TV show, you might want to schedule that hour as one of your study breaks and use it to have a nutritious snack while you are watching. Then get back to your study schedule. If you want to play intramural sports, schedule your study time around that. You can do this. It just takes awareness, some prior planning and a commitment to your goals. Go ahead and complete your weekly schedules for the first two weeks. Don't worry about creating perfection. Your goal is to get what looks like a workable plan for the week. There may be several different ones that could be equally as good, so don't agonize over it. Just get it done and then follow it for the week and you will find what worked well for you and what didn't. You can make some adjustments to next week's schedule when you revise it on Wednesday or Thursday and add your new week.


Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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