Montana State University-Northern
Student Support Services

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Student Support Services
MSU-Northern
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
406.265.3783
1.800.662.6132 (x3783)
bclark@msun.edu

Tips & Tricks
Ten Tips For Better Time Management
  1. Make class time your best study time.
    Come prepared. No time to read the whole assignment, at least survey it.
    Review notes from previous class.
    Listen attentively.
    Paraphrase what the professor says in your own words.
     
  2. Make a daily list.
    Prioritize the items.
    Keep it short, 5 or 6 items, both academic and personal.
    Set small specific goals, i.e., read 5 pages in Psychology chapter.
     
  3. Make a weekly schedule (done once a semester).
    All classes, work and extracurricular activities, housekeeping duties, sleeping and eating, blank spaces to fit in necessary activities as the come up. Schedule study time at a ratio of two hours of study per hour of class.
     
  4. Use your daylight hours and minutes.
    Stay on campus.
    Find a quiet place to study.
    Ease yourself into material by pre-reading first.
    Set up blocks of time for study.
    Use time in between classes.
    Review notes right before class.
    Review notes right after class.
    Memorize important terms (3 x 5 cards).
    Make a list.
     
  5. Make a semester calendar.
    Wall or desk calendar for major exams, due dates and meetings.
    Pocket calendar, reminder of classes, appointments, meetings, errands.
     
  6. Don't procrastinate.
    Don't let questions about material accumulate.
    Instead of trying to get it perfect--just do it.
     
  7. Concentrate on one thing at a time.
    Be active in what you are doing at the time.
    Plan and take study breaks, study 30-40 minutes with 5-10 minute breaks.
     
  8. Use your weekly schedule, Learn to say "No".
     
  9. Set deadlines and reward yourself.
     
  10. Be realistic in your expectations of yourself.
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