Tip 1: Approach College like it is a real job.
- Get a pocket calendar and record all your activities – academic and social.
- For each course you have, rate your interest level and the type of course, list the course requirements, set a goal for the grade you wish to earn, and determine the amount of time you will need to study each week.
- Establish a study schedule – set aside a block of time each day that is created specifically for studying.
- Listen to your biological clock and choose the best time for you to study.
- Begin each week with a weekly schedule for that week’s assigments and activities.
- When studying, start with your most difficult subject, while your mind is freshest and most receptive.
- Research indicates that unless you review within 24 hours, 80% of the material can be forgotten -- build review sessions into your daily schedule
- Force yourself to complete your assignments every day; don’t stop until they are done.
- Avoid scheduling back-to-back classes. Use the time in between your classes to review your notes.
- Use small amounts of time to review -- time wasted in line at the bookstore or waiting at the laundromat can be used to review note cards.
- Remember the “Six P's”: prior planning prevents pretty poor performance.
Tip 2: Choose your studying place and be faithful to it.
- It should be nearby, quiet, and lacking distractions.
- Make it a place that is only associated with studying.
- Create a pleasing atmosphere.
- Have a good desk, a sturdy chair, good light, comfortable temperature.
- Put on your favorite slippers or make yourself a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate. Make your time special.
STUDY DISTRACTIONS ANALYSIS: http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/studydis.html
Tip 3: Use Lists
- If you can't imagine how you can possibly accomplish everything you need to do, make a list.
- Include everything that needs to be done
- Class Assignments
- Grocery shopping