- Plan 2 hours study time for every hour you spend in class.
- Study difficult subjects first.
- Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions.
- Be aware of your best time of day (when your energy is highest).
- Use waiting time. (Such as between classes, waiting for appointments, etc.)
- Use a regular study area (if it's 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 and or family members 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 "Study Time" sign on your door.
- Ask: What is one task I can accomplish toward my goal?
- Ask: Am I beating myself up?
- Ask: Is this a piano? (Is perfection necessary?) Know when to lighten up on yourself a bit, and when you really cannot afford to do that. Do not always approach everything the same way.
- Ask: How did I just waste time? If it was not really in my best interest, how can I keep from doing that next time?
- Ask: Would I pay myself for what I'm doing right now? If my occupation were that of a student, would I pay myself for the job I am doing right now?
Provided by the Center for Advising and Career Development, Washington State University