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Time Management
Generally, you need 2-4 hours of study time per each hour of class.
Typical Breakdown
  • 45 min to 1 hr - Review notes and understand steps
  • 30 min to 1 hr - Work examples over and over
  • 30 min to 1 hr - Do your homework
  • Don't just dive into your homework to get it done. Review, practice, learn, practice, solve.
  • Studying for these subjects is time consuming (often frustrating!) but without this level of commitment you will not gain the understanding and problem solving skills needed for your exams. Put the time in from the beginning to be rewarded at the end.
Strategies on Using Time:
  • Develop blocks of study time
    • About 50 minutes? How long does it take for you to become restless?
    • Some learners need more frequent breaks for a variety of reasons.
    • More difficult material requires more time and may also require more frequent breaks.
  • Plan your day so you perform your hardest tasks at your best time.
  • Schedule weekly reviews and updates.
  • Prioritize assignments.
    • When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject.
  • Find alternative study places free from distractions to maximize concentration.
  • Review studies and examples just before class.
  • Review lecture material and examples immediately after class.
    • Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours.
    • For mathematically based subjects, most info is lost within the first 20 to 60 minutes after learning.
  • Schedule time for critical course events.
    • Labs, Midterms, Final Exams
Effective Aids:
  • "To Do" List
    Write down things you have to do, then decide what to do at the moment, what to schedule for later, what to get someone else to do, and what to put off for a later time period.
  • Daily/weekly planner
    Write down appointments, classes, and meetings on a chronological log book or chart. If you are more visual, sketch out your schedule. First thing in the morning, check what's ahead for the day always go to sleep knowing you're prepared for tomorrow.
  • Long Term Planner
    Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead. Long term planners will also serve as a reminder to constructively plan time for yourself.
Schedule within your school calendar:
  • Pick up a copy of your school's term/semester calendar
  • Develop a calendar of important dates for your classes: Tests, papers, projects, readings, mid-term and final exams, holidays, breaks, study days, etc.
  • Enter important dates for your social and family life
  • Post this schedule in your study area for referral and review, and to mark your progress
  • Each evening develop a schedule to help you organize the next day, include routines, errands and important appointments
  • Review each day's schedule that morning
Which 'study break' activity do you find most distracting?
Talking / texting 37 (22%)
Playing video games 15 (9%)
Listening to music 11 (6%)
Watching TV 32 (19%)
Browsing the web 40 (24%)
Napping 19 (11%)
Other 8 (4%)
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