Time Management:

  1. Blocks of study time & breaks (study blocks 30-50 min then break)
  2. Dedicated study space (CARE)(No cellphone or anything distracting)
  3. Weekly reviews (be mindful of deadlines, calendar, important dates)
  4. Prioritize assignments
  5. Achieve “get something done”
  6. Postpone unnecessary activities
  7. Identify resources (CARE)
  8. Use free time wisely (riding a bus, walking, this is good review time)

Daily to-do list:

These are tasks that are not already on your calendar.

  1. No more than 4 things should be on your “to-do” list. Anything more than this is too much to add to your schedule last minute.
  2. Make sure you think about why these tasks are important to add to your already busy schedule. This thought process will help you identify the importance of each task & help you sort out those that are most important to complete.
  3. Reward yourself! If you have completed something– especially something you were not looking forward to, treat yourself to something for completing the task. This will help you get less desirable tasks completed.
  4. Give yourself a deadline for completing this task. This will help you stay on track.

Semester Calendar:

(This is the big picture, don’t include too much detail)

  1. Pick up a copy of your school’s term/semester calendar (E-Book)
  2. Develop a calendar of important dates for your classes: 
    Tests, papers, projects, readings, mid-term and final exams, holidays, breaks, study days, etc.
  3. Enter important dates for your work, social and family life
  4. Each week develop a daily schedule
    that includes routines and important dates
  5. Post this schedule in your study area
    for referral and review, and to mark your progress
  6. Each evening develop a schedule to help you organize the next day,
    include routines, errands and important appointments (to-do list)
  7. Review each day’s schedule that morning

Don’t expect perfection–it is the enemy of the good!