Time management and use

"Getting off to a good start is very important. Initially I organized each test, lecture notes and objectives into an individual folder identifing the test and when it is due. Being organized in advance allowed me to be ready to study when time allowed. I used flash cards and the image database often. I would take each item on the lecture notes and learn what I could about it. I often found that studying in twenty minute increments allowed me to question what I had just studied and helped me absorb better. " Student Donald C.

Suggestions for time management

Write down things in a list:
what you have to do now;
what you  must do but can do later;
what you don't really have to do (forget it, or get someone else to do it);

Write down in the daily/weekly calendar:
class schedule;
work schedule;
doctor appointments;
time with children and/or spouse;
circle all of the "down time"!

Suggestions for better use of time:

find places where you can study without distractions-this will maximize time on task;

determine the time of day in which you are most alert, intellectually, and use that for studying;

Use the daily/weekly calendar or planner!!!

      enter assignment deadlines into calendar;

      schedule blocks of study time of about an hour  each day, for each course;

      if you have children, schedule time that you will spend with them (so that you won't feel bad if you can't be with them);

      check the instructor's schedule  and identify times in which you will contact the instructor, if needed;

      schedule in times in which you will work with your study group;

      set aside time just before class, or exams, to refresh your learning;

do the most difficult topics first, when you  are fresh;

study with your children by giving them drawing assignments, or "teach" them the information, to increase study time;

use "down time" (drives, walks, showers, waiting in doctor offices, etc.) by working through notes or flash cards;

review flash cards or rewrite notes, etc.,  just before sleeping (it is known that we learn while sleeping);

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Study frequently, over short periods, and you will find more time to study.

Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

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