Study Skills

 

Plan, Plan, Plan


Plan Ahead

Smart studying doesn't begin when you get your first assignment. Planning and organizing should occur before your first day of classes. This will allow you to feel prepared and excited to study – as you should be. Here are a few tips to help you plan:

  • Calendar
    Use a calendar to plan your studying
    Get a calendar. Calendars are crucial for planning. There are many different kinds, so decide whether you prefer the large monthly kind that you tack to your wall, the weekly notebook kind that you can carry around with you, or the digital kind that you have on your computer or palm pilot. If you would like to print out your own schedule, then check out this pre-made calendar. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what calendar type you choose; just make sure that you will use it. Fill your calendar with your commitments – classes, job hours, club hours, even a favorite T.V. show if you want. You will quickly see how fast your time is scheduled – no wonder you couldn’t fit 27 hours worth of activities into your previous schedule. For more help with time management, check out: Learner's Day Planner.
  • Use “to-do” lists. After you start getting your assignments, you may find that a to-do list helps you view and prioritize your commitments in the short-term. A to-do list also gives a sense of accomplishment when you can cross out completed items.
  • Deep Thoughts...

     

    "People can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking"

     

    -Sir John Lubbock, 19th century politician and scientist

    Create a study environment. Turn off the loud music and find a good desk. Creating an environment conducive to studying is critical. Unfortunately, this may mean that you have to clean your room, but you’d be surprised at how environment affects your study time. When creating a study area, make sure you have a large, clear desk space, a comfortable but straight-backed chair, minimal distractions and space (such as bookshelves) for easy-to-reach supplies and books. Also, it’s best not to reuse crumpled notebooks and beaten binders – spend a few dollars and arm yourself with new supplies. High-quality supplies will encourage you to take your studying seriously.
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