Academic and Study Tips
Study Time Tips
- Schedule your study time about the same time every day, so that it becomes a matter of habit. This way you take control over your time and develop good habits. Do not over inflate your time spent on school work. Just because “study hall” lasts 39 minutes, doesn’t mean you did 39 minutes of schoolwork. You have to sit down, get organized, check your email, go the bathroom etc. Be honest with yourself. The only person who is hurt when you lie to yourself, is YOU.
- Post your study hours and goals on the fridge at home. This reminds both you and your family that this is your time to study and you do not want to be disturbed.
- Study time needs to be uniform. Humans are creatures of habit, and if we develop good habits they stay with you. Habits are things you do the same way over and over again. If you always get up at 7 a.m., soon you do not need to set an alarm clock, you will just wake up at that time every day. The same thing with studying. If you study the same time every day, you will soon find yourself doing it without any effort on your part.
- It is recommended that you spend at least one hour each day on schoolwork. This includes homework, but also studying and organizing. Homework comes first, but then take time to update your notes, make and review flashcards, use Khan Academy, etc. You also need to set aside some time in that hour to update your planner and organized the following day.
- Take Friday and Saturday nights off from schoolwork. Everyone needs a break.
- Schedule an hour every Sunday to review all the material you covered in prior week and to organize the upcoming week. By scheduling time for each task, big or small, and sticking to the schedule, you begin to develop the habits that will change your grades from D’s and C’s into A’s and B’s.
- If you can manage to commit to these habits and pursue these goals for a solid month you will begin to see significant progress toward your goals.
- Study Habits Adapted from items retrieved in 2016 from: http://www.rustcollege.edu/businessdivision/Time_Management.pdf
- Who also cited - Carter, Carol., Bishop, Joyce., & Kravits, Sarah Lyman. Keys to College Studying. Prentice Hall.