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Time Management Tips
Balance your activities: plan to spend time doing a variety of activities: classes, eating, sleeping, recreation, homework. Make sure you do something fun every now and then to take a break from your studies!
Give yourself a time and place to study: the average amount of time is three hours of study time per week per credit in each course! Build this time into your daily schedule so it becomes natural. Also, try to study in the same place, at the same time, to form a habit.
Make a Time Management Schedule: and stick to it! If you must alter your schedule, get back on schedule as soon as possible. Click here for a Time Management Schedule!
Keep a Calendar: Put important due dates, tests & meetings on your calendar
Study immediately after class: while everything is still fresh, or anytime you have an hour or two between classes.
Don't cram: try to study on a regular basis, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a time, remaining alert and concentrating on the subject at hand.
Get together with other students: and study in a group - this can give you insights and information you might have missed in your own notes.
Note Taking Tips
Complete assignments before class:bring all your materials; get to class early enough to look over your previous notes; these things will help you know what is important to record!
Be Attentive:force yourself to concentrate when your mind wanders
Watch for clues:repetition of words or topics, anything written on the board, handouts with key phrases or terms.
During a lecture: just write down the main ideas and key points and use abbreviations.
After the lecture: go back through your notes and rewrite them with as much detail as possible.
Leave space for details:If you do not wish to rewrite your notes, try to leave spaces for details and write legibly, using key phrases, not whole sentences.
Signify Important Areas:Develop a system of "highlighting," using underlining, checkmarks or indentations.
Clarify:Make sure you separate your own thoughts from the lecture. If you are unsure of your understanding, make a note to ask the instructor for clarification.
Always record examples the instructor gives:these will often clarify an abstract idea, or it may show up on a test!
Try to get to know someone in your class: just in case you need notes, or want to study with someone!
Tape record the lecture:If you are having difficulty keeping up with the instructor, you might want to tape record the lecture and review it later.
Test Preparation Tips
Review the materials a little at a time, including information from early in the semester, so nothing will be a surprise.
Ask questions:try to predict what the test will cover, and review those areas more, without forgetting everything else!
Review old handouts, notes, quizzes, exams, and papers for clues and information you may have forgotten.
Old Tests:If your instructor does not return old tests, ask if you can schedule a time to come in and look at them.
Learn and study your instructor's "test technique:" the types of questions they favor, if they prefer long detailed answers or short concise answers, if they like important dates, etc.
Use questions from your texts to help study!
Study alone: and then study with other students!
Eat and Sleep: give yourself a good night's sleep and well-balanced diet so you will not be tired or hungry during the test!
Test Taking Tips
Be on timeand come fully prepared with any materials you need.
Read the directions at least twiceto make sure you understand what is expected.
Look over the test to see what kinds of questions there are, and to give yourself an idea of how long you should allot for each area.
Read each question very carefully:look out for absolute words like "always" and "never".
Take your time: think carefully and don't panic - don't let other students leaving distract or rush you!
Be sure to make arrangements with your instructor if you will miss a test: or need to make one up.
Don't linger on one question too long:mark your best guess and come back to the question if time permits.
Be careful about changing your first answers without good reason:your first choices are more likely to be correct.
Write down: any formulas, equations or rules you had to memorize before actually working on the test itself.
Always show your work:this often leads to partial credit even if the answer is wrong.
Do not be in a hurry:look over your test for careless errors like number transposition or a decimal point in the wrong place.
Use simple and correct words:do not abbreviate or use slang. Check your spelling and punctuation. Write legibly and neatly - print if your printing is better!