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The New Study Time Periods

When you made out your weekly schedule, you looked at your blocks of "discretionary" or "disposable" time and scheduled your study periods throughout the week. Now it is time to turn your attention to how to best use those study time periods you created. Each class you take may have different study demands. Some may require working assigned problems like math, finance and accounting classes provide. Some may require a good bit of memorization work. Most will require substantial amounts of reading. Hopefully, you have scheduled your study periods in varying lengths where some may be hour-long periods, some two or three hour blocks with breaks interspersed. It may work out for you that hour long periods work well for completing math or accounting assignments, while two and three hour blocks work better for memorization projects and extended reading and note taking. Try different combinations to find which works best for you. If you find that it is difficult for you to study at all in a particular time period you have scheduled, try changing that time period to an exercise period or some other activity and move that study period to another spot. Trial and error is acceptable and expected in adjusting to a study schedule that works for you. The important thing is to maintain the priorities you have set and keep your goals in front of you.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013


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