Handout by Jane L. McGrath and Additional Materials
to Create a Study Plan
As with managing
money, to be successful you must budget time according to your priorities
and spend it wisely. Here are some tips for effective time management.
Your Goals and Priorities
What do you
want out of school and life? What must you do to get it? Is getting an
education high on your priority list? your current job? your family? What
is most important to you and how will you meet the demands of each?
How Youre Spending Your Time and Compare the Results with Your Priorities
Use a calendar
to analyze exactly how you spend your time. Keep a detailed record of
everything you do for one week.
how much time each week do you
the needs of others?
- talking on the phone?
a Plan to Spend Quality Time on Your Priorities and Follow It
- Use this
record to evaluate your use of time in relation to your priorities.
Consider not only how much time is spent but also whether it is quality
- To take
control of your time, build a realistic schedule that fits your priorities
and helps you reach your goals. If learning and getting good grades
are high on your list, you will have to budget time for participating
in class regularly, for preparing, studying and reviewing, plus additional
time for papers, reports and special assignments.
- Most importantly, you must stick to your time schedule. Some flexibility is necessary
for unexpected demands, but if you spend too much time on non-priority
tasks you will not meet your goals.
|How to Plan and Save
activities become overwhelming, it is important to step back and look
at ways you can regain some control over what you have to do.
suggestions may help you handle your busy schedule.
Be realistic about what you take on. Taking too many classes when you work
and have family responsibilities leads to frustration and disappointment.
Do what you can, not what you think you should do.
Eliminate unimportant tasks. Some things will keep for later when the demands
on your time are not as great.
Keep a To Do list and prioritize items. Do the most important
Learn to say No. There is never time for everything we want to
do, so learn to do those things that move you toward your goals and
say no to those that do not.
Delegate or negotiate tasks and ask for help.
If you go to the library to prepare your biology report, also work on
your research paper and look up that reference you need for literature.
Use your prime working times effectively. Are you a morning person or night
owl? Find when youre at your best and use those hours wisely.
Break down major tasks into small parts. Do them one at a time to avoid feeling
Be prepared to lower your standards. Based on your priorities, decide what
you want to be A quality and what can be B.
- Be flexible but remain in control. Expect interruptions. If you are completing
tasks in priority order, you and youre schedule will easily survive.
|How to Make Your Study
To be an
effective student, we must take a realistic look at our study habits.
Here are some effective strategies to use as guidelines for achieving
Make a study schedule and stick to it. Plans dont get things done;
Print online lectures and related materials. Keep all assignments in one place
to avoid forgetting something and refer to them often to stay on track.
Know what studying entails. Read all assigned material; complete homework;
review class notes, text assignments and supplementary material on a
Be self-motivated, self-disciplined, and proactive. If you do not understand
something, you must ask for clarification. Don't waste time lost in
confusion when academic support is easily available.
Schedule study times to fit your attention span. 45-minute sessions with a 10-minute
break work well. Long study sessions are counterproductive: your eyeballs
end up doing the work rather than your brain!
Decide what you want to accomplish in a study session. Work to meet your goals.
Study difficult, complex material first. Leave easier tasks for last.
Vary subjects and types of study for maximum efficiency. To stay interested,
alert, and to reinforce your learning, do text reading, review online
lectures, write, draw diagrams or charts, recite, make discussion board
posts, read posts from others, problem solve, review study cards, prepare
Think about what you are reading. Relate this information to what you know
and how you can use the information in your studies and life.
Schedule periodic review sessions. To remember material over a long period of
time, you must review the information often. Before each study session,
review what you studied previously and check for understanding, then
add new information.
Use all of your available time. Even small bits of time, like waiting for
the dentist, can be put to usedont be caught without something
to read or study!
Resources on Time Management
sites give you realistic time management strategies you can directly apply
to the course you are taking.
efficiently do I manage my time?
Take the following self assessments from
Ohio University to find out how effective you are at managing your time.
here: Time Management Pretest
you get your results, click on 168-Hour
When you have
the information from this pretest, click on Time
Wasters (here or in the bottom right corner
of the site).
- Upon completion
of this pretest, click on Ways
to Plan Time (here or in the bottom right corner of the site).
easily change setting up a quarter schedule to one that covers a
semester as the information is the same.
Once you have the results of these
four assessments, you are well prepared to create and apply time management
strategies to make better use of the time you have available for studying.
Here are two more
surveys to help you evaluate your progress toward improving time management
skills (Muskingum College)
Management Self-Evaluation and Spacing Reviews
Time Management: What
Does It Entail?
Time Management This site presents an overview of most aspects of managing your time. (Pennsylvania
Am I Keeping Up? Think about how you are doing as a student. Refer to this checklist often throughout the semester. (Ohio University)
The Keys to Getting Back on Track When You Are Behind You don't have to give up. You do have to do something when you are not up to date with your assignments. These suggestions will help. (University of St. Thomas)
Your Time This site has excellent time management information and
resources you can download and print. It's clear
and to the point. There's
even a video you can watch! (Dartmouth
Management Background, purposes, and advantages of time management
strategies (Muskingum College)
Management This is a comprehensive site that includes information
related to the following: Effective Time Management; Monthly Planning Calendar;
Scheduling Your Time; Setting Smart Goals; Things I Have to do This Week; Weekly Schedule. pdf files (University
of Texas at Austin)
Appointments and How to Be on Time Advice we all can use! (Muskingum College)
|Web Sites on How to Set Up Study
to Time Management Planners Make your planner fit you!
Study Schedule for you to print out. (Columbia
College of Missouri)
Weekly Schedule This chart is excellent for following your assignments and meeting deadlines. (University of St. Thomas)
Coding and Homework Organizers Use color for information organization
and evaluation of your use of time. (Muskingum College)
Your Schedule Will it work? (Bucks
County Community College)
Time Scheduling Specific steps to find your way to effective planning of your time. (Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University)
|Web Sites on Dealing with Procrastination
Procrastination: Ten Ways To Do It Now Habits, causes, remedies (Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Procrastination Find out how procrastination affects your success (Muskingum
Procrastination Procrastination is a habit, not a fatal flaw. It
takes persistence to change, but you can do it. pdf file (University
of Texas at Austin)
Your Own Anti-Procrastination Plan Here are several lists of specific,
concrete things you can do to confront and change your own tendencies
to procrastinate. pdf file (University
of Texas at Austin)
|The Best Compilation of Time Management Resources on the Web
"Mastering the art of time management an reduce your stress level exponentially. While this may seem easier said than done, there are numerous articles, tips, tools, and applications available on and off the Web that will help you learn to schedule, prioritize, and accomplish tasks in a timely manner. We've scoured the Internet and found what we think are the best comprehensive resources on time management available. From iPhone apps to calendars, by checking out our list you will be well on your way to achieving successful time management." (Guide to Online Schools)
- Management Tips and Articles
- Time Saving Tools
- Time Saving iPhone Applications
The Best Compilation of Time Management Resources on the Web
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