General Study Habits

Time Management

Taking Notes & Reading


Interacting With Instructors

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Time Management

  An important key to successful time management returns us to one of our general rules for good study habits:

  You must take studying seriously and make a commitment to your work.

  This means prioritizing your academic and social activities to ensure that there is adequate time in your schedule to complete all course assignments.

  Many new students fail to realize that carrying a full load of college credits is essentially equivalent to having a full-time job. In other words, to understand the material in each of your courses at a level the professor considers adequate, you should plan on studying between 2 and 3 hours for every hour you spend in lecture. Thus, for a 3-hour lecture course, you should be spending 6 to 9 hours per week outside of class studying your notes, doing assigned readings, preparing for exams, and so forth. For a schedule with 12 credit hours, that means 24 to 36 additional hours of out-of-class effort to adequately understand the material.


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