Many students who draw up a study schedule and find themselves unable to stick to it become impatient and often give up the scheduling idea completely.The following method of organizing time has been helpful to many students and does not take much time. It is more flexible than many methods and will help you to establish long-term, intermediate, and short-term time goals.
1. Long-Term Schedule
Construct a schedule of your fixed commitments only. These include only obligations you are required to meet every week, e.g., job hours, classes, social outings, organization meetings, etc.
2. Intermediate Schedule - One per week
Now make a short list of MAJOR EVENTS and AMOUNT OF WORK to be accomplished in each subject this week. This may include non-study activities.
- Presentation Wednesday
- Paper Tuesday
- Pub Tuesday night
- Finish 40 pages in Physics by Friday
- Finish 150 pages in Physics by Friday
3. Short-Term Schedule - One per day
On a small note card each evening before retiring or early in the morning make out a specific daily schedule. Write down specifically WHAT
is to be accomplished. Such a schedule might include:
- 8:00 - 8:30 Review Electrotechnology notes
- 9:30 - 10:30 Preview Analogue Electronics and prepare for presentation
- 4:45 Go to Dunnes to do the shopping
- 7:00 - 10:15 Chpt. 5, 6 (Physics)
- 10:30 Phone calls
- Study right from the beginning of the semester.
- Make a study plan. "How many days to your next exam? How many days will you need to prepare?
- Keep a planner with upcoming assignments and exam dates.
- Category 1 - Scheduling & Studying
- Category 2 - Concentrating & Remembering
- Category 3 - Taking Notes
- Category 4 - Reading Effectively
- Category 5 - Preparing for Exams
- Category 6 - Writing Assignments