A well-known theory of human
learning also holds that people remember information
best when they study in frequent, relatively short
bouts of time, rather than in last-minute marathon
study sessions. Thus, the trick is to balance the
need for studying a total of 24 to 36 hours each week
with the goal of studying in frequent, short
One effective way to make
time for all your work is to create a weekly activity
planner. You can print the weekly planner shown on
the next page, purchase a similar planner at your
local bookstore, or create your own using notebook
To zoom in on these
examples, click anywhere on the given image.
The first step is to
indicate all of your regular academic and social
commitments for the entire week ahead. A hypothetical
example is shown below. Doing this allows you to see
where free time exists in your schedule.
The second step is to assign
specific study tasks to the free time slots
identified in Step 1. By doing this, you are ensuring
that you study in shorter, more productive bouts and
that nothing gets lost in the shuffle!
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