- Setting up a study schedule requires that you set aside a reasonable
amount of time for your school work.
- Make a temporary schedule of fixed periods in your week for
classes, work, sleep, meals, and study.
- If you are aiming at a B or better, in many classes
at Lander University, you need to schedule at least 2 hours of
study for 1 hour of class. At other universities, you might
need to schedule more for classes with time-intensive homework
assignments such as mathematics and computer science. Some
classes require fewer hours of study
per hour of class.
- Your schedule must be reasonable; after all, you are
planning to follow it. At the beginning, plan a bit less
than you think you can do and later adjust your schedule, if
- Every time you begin to study, make a conscious decision (even
write yourself a short contract) on what you will study and how
long you will study. Above all, be reasonable. Your success at
this can only be fulfilled by the history of your successes in the
- Once your decision has been reached, throw yourself into the
- It is psychologically important to begin with the idea that
with all the possible alternatives available to you, studying
for this time is the one thing that you want to do most.
- If you have trouble about deciding whether to study when something special comes
up, flip a coin. By seeing the outcome of the toss, introspect to your immediate
reaction in order to determine what you really want to do. There is not much
point is trying to study when your mind continues to wander if it is likely you
will be reinforcing poor study habits.
- End the study period with a definite statement about what is to be done for your
next study period in that subject. Take a minute and write out:
- What ideas are to be reviewed.
- What questions still remain to be answered.
- What page you are to start on.
- Classes in the humanities and social sciences might have fewer homework
problems assigned, but the study time required to do well in these classes
is often quite as much as courses assigning many practice problems.