Many students fail to develop a good study habit because of the very simple reason: they fail to stick to their schedule. The best way to combat those distractions is to be loyal to your schedule for that time. Refrain from creating excuses and you will see that you can manage your time better.
Self-discipline is very important and the easiest way to impose a self-discipline is to stick on the task or activity that you are scheduled to do for a particular period of time. If you happen to have an unexpected activity, just try your best to finish your scheduled task ahead of time. Remember that if you are known to be a person who does things as scheduled; your peers or your colleagues will also respect your time.
Read more about here and learn how to set your priorities and manage your time efficiently.
Both long term and short term or daily study planning are important to make your planning efficient and realistic. Long term planning will help you see the overview of what you need to accomplish within a month. On the other hand, a daily study schedule will help you become more organize and efficient in your day to day schedule.
Students who have plan about the things they must accomplish in a month and what they need to do in a day to day basis in order to accomplish those scheduled stuff are more productive but less stressed. Having both plans allow the students to manage their time efficiently as the unnecessary time exerted on contemplating on what needs to be done in a particular time-frame is minimized.
To give you more ideas on how to make your long term and short term study planning, check out this website from Community College of Aurora, they have this nice calendar animation on how to schedule or plan your day.
If you are wondering if you really know how to manage your time or if in case you want to find out whether you are good in time management or not, check out this Time Management Quiz. This could help you determine if you need to do some adjustments to your current schedule to be able to study well.
This is a just a simple online quiz which is comprise of nine questions. Each question is answerable by yes or no. When you answered all the questions, simply click the Add button to find out your Time Management Quiz score.
A score of 10 means that you efficiently handle your time and if your computed score is low (less than 6) this means that you need to assess or evaluate your schedule and incorporate some techniques in time management such as charting your day to day studying to be able to study efficiently.
A friend shared the formula she is using to compute the time she needs to study per subject or course. According to her, she based the computation on the following:
- 2 hours for every hour of easy course
- 3 hours for every hour of average course
- 4 hours for every hour of difficult course
The number of hours you will get from this computation will be for the entire one whole week. Also, it depends on you on how you will categorized the course because for some students, courses like history or humanities or psychology are easy while Algebra, Physics and the likes were difficult.
So, if history which is usually 3 credit hours is easy for you, the computed number of hours you need to devote to study the subject matter is just 6 hours weekly or approximately 1 hour per day. And for Physics course which is difficult, you will need to spend 12 hours a week or 2 hours daily studying.
She told me that in times when she has exams on difficult course, she is taking some hours that are devoted to study easier courses. Well, I find her formula pretty logical and is I think, this is really worth trying.
Do you have difficulty budgeting or allocating your time? Perhaps you need to track your daily schedule in a more specific manner. Try using the free and easy to accomplish Time Use Chart from University of Minnesota Duluth Student Handbook that allows you to record everything you do every 30 minutes.
Then, at the end of each week, you can summarize the said schedule at the free Summary of Activities to see how your time is spent for that week. This will help you identify the “bottle neck” or the activities that took most of your time.
Try this out so that you can clearly see where you need to do some adjustments. Maybe, it is time for you to give-up some activities in order for you to attend the most important one. Or perhaps, you are just spending too much chatting with your dorm mate or hanging around in-between your class schedules. Students need to learn how to manage time and we can not do it if we will not monitor our day to day schedule.
Deciding which we should prioritize first is sometimes confusing just like when we have an important homework to do and an urgent club meeting to attend or you need to meet an important person but you have an urgent project to finish. Instances like these give us headache as we do not know what we should do first.
But did you know that you can actually make decision easier if you analyze them according to their importance and urgency? Urgent things are those that have to be attended or deal with as soon as possible. While important things need to be addressed at some period of time as important things are not always urgent.
For example, it is important for you to organize a group for your upcoming Science Fair but you also have an urgent homework that you need to pass two days from now. So, what will be your decision? Practically speaking, you should do what needs to be done first. It should be the event that have an immediate deadline.
And to make it even easier to decide which needs to be done first, try Message in a Bottle Exercise to help yourself determine what should be put on the top portion of your To Do List.
Many tell us that we need to make a schedule or to keep a planner so that we could track all our projects, homework and extra-curricular activities. Making a schedule is great because it helps us to be more organized and prevent us from forgetting those important things to do.
But still, many students fell short to meet all their scheduled tasks. Why? Because the student has overloaded schedule. They failed to realize that the tasks they have accommodated can not be really completed or done in a particular period of time.
This scenario is not only true for students; working adults also have this dilemma. The solution is to sit down and evaluate your schedule. Do not just jot down the things that you should do. You need to include the number of hours you need to complete each task or schedule.
When evaluating your schedule for the first time, start from the time that you woke up in the morning. Follow this by the activities that you need to do and the time you consume fro each activities. Of course, don’t forget to include the time you spent on your classes each day and the travel time between your home and your school.
By doing this, you can now clearly identify all your occupied hours and the number of hours that you have as your spare time. This will likewise help you determine the reason why you can not complete your entire schedule at a particular day.
Evaluating your schedule helps you identify the things that you should eliminate to finish your task at a time. This will also help you to decide whether you need to give up some of your activities to accommodate more important schedules.
Read here to find out how to evaluate your schedule properly.
If you are always struggling on your schedule and you are having difficulty planning or managing a research paper or a term paper, why not try the Assignment Calculator of University of Minnesota? It is an online calculator that will help you set a definite schedule to complete your assignment or paper based on your given time frame.
I have tried this online calculator and I was impressed to the schedule it generated for me. It gave me several steps to follow and the corresponding dates where I should do each of them. And I think that it would also be very useful when you have several research works to write. You can also request the online calculator to send you emails for reminders. Check it out!