Make a Tentative Weekly Schedule On a Convenient Form
1. List all classes and other fixed activities.
2. Add time needed for meals, sleep, job, travel, grooming, etc.
3. Estimate and list time needed for studying each subject, generally 2 to 3
hours per credit per week. However, individuals vary. Some may need more time in
certain subjects than others.
4. Find your periods of peak efficiency and periods when you are likely to have
the best study conditions. Plan to study your most difficult subjects then.
5. Be sure to use any free hours between classes.
6. Allow time for preview and review. For example, if you have a free hour
between classes, it is wise to spend the beginning of that hour reviewing and
revising notes from the preceding lecture. The latter part of the hour may be
profitably spent previewing for the next lecture.
7. Schedule each study period as close to that class meeting as possible.
8. To avoid learning interference, schedule the study of unlike subjects
consecutively. For example, it is better to follow the study of a language with
the study of a science than to study two languages one right after the other. If
you MUST study two similar subjects on the same night, try taking a break in
9. Be sure to plan some time in your schedule for recreation.
Adapt Your Schedule to Changing Situations:
1. Allow longer periods in your schedule for term papers and projects the weeks
you need to work on these.
2. Be sure to plan your final exam review schedule at least three weeks ahead.
Plan to spend time on intensive review several nights before the exam and to use
the night before to go over concepts that are still fuzzy.
3. Allow some unscheduled time in case emergencies arise during regularly
scheduled study periods.
1. Use odd periods of time for some reviewing or reading. Periods of time spent
on a bus or waiting in a dentist's office may be so used.
2. Use periods when you are tired or when your situation is noisy for jobs that
do not require much concentration or original organization. Such jobs as sorting
notes or preparing materials for the next day's use may be accomplished at these
3. Consider your schedule a firm but flexible guide, not as a hard and fast