· Plan 2 hours of study time for every hour you spend in class.
· Study difficult (boring) subjects first
· Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
· Be aware of your best time of day (when your energy is highest).
· Use waiting time—between classes, waiting for appointments, etc.
· Use a regular study area (if it’s in your bedroom, read #7).
· Don’t get too comfortable.
· Occasionally use a library for studying; you may need research materials to help.
· Pay attention to your attention! Catch your attention wandering and bring it back.
· Agree with living mates about study time.
· Avoid noise distractions.
· Notice how others misuse your time. Ask for their cooperation.
· Get off the phone.
· Learn to say, “No, not now; perhaps later.”
· Hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door.
· Ask: What is one task I can accomplish toward my goal?
· Ask: Am I beating myself up?
· Ask: Is perfection necessary? Know when to lighten up on yourself a bit, and know when you really cannot afford to do that. Do not always approach everything the same way.
Ask: How did I just waste time? If that was not really in my best interest, how can I keep from doing that next time?
· Ask: If my occupation were that of a student, would I pay myself for the job I am doing right now?
Info from: UI Tutoring and Academic Assistance Programs
From Becoming a Master Student. Thanks to Student Advising and Learning Center at W. S. U.