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Time Management Strategies

So how do you manage your study time? Here are 5 proven tips that will help you get the best our of your study time. Use the tabs above to see more strategies. tmstudent

1. Schedule Realistic Amounts of time for doing assignments

At the beginning of the semester in each of your classes, time yourself on a typical assignment to determine the actual amount of time required for assignments in that class and then plan accordingly. Although the usual rule of thumb is two hours for each hour in class, this will be sufficient for many courses, more than enough for others, and NOT enough for some

2. Use your "prime-time" hours

"Prime-time" hours are those times during the day when you are most alert. You should use those hours for doing the majority of your work. Your concentration will be best during that time. Pay particular attention to doing your work for difficult courses during these hours. Keep in mind that your prime-time hours are affected by your sleep patterns. The later you go to sleep, the greater the chance that your primetime hours will be late afternoon and evening. If you go to sleep at a reasonable time and wake up refreshed, the morning tends to be your prime time.

3. Use hours between classes

Daytime hours between classes can help you be efficient and productive. Some ways to use time between classes are to (1) review course material before a discussion or recitation-type class, (2) review your notes after a lecture, (3) break up a reading assignment into parts and read sections between classes, (4) edit a paper, and (5) hold a study group meeting

4. Schedule short study breaks

In order to plan when to take breaks, consider a logical stopping point in the topic or a reasonable time span for your work. A rule of thumb is a 10 minute study break for every 50 minutes of studying. This will differ depending on your level of interest and background information in the topic. Short study breaks give you time to think about the material, practice it, and get re-energized.

5. Schedule catch-up time

Leave yourself a safety net of time so that if something unexpected occurs you will still have time to accomplish what needs to get done. Catch up time allows for surprises and unexpected occurrences.

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