- Set aside at least 2-3 hours of study time (reading,
homework, review) for each 1 hour you are in class. Using this study time
formula, plan for 8-12 hours outside of class for a 4-credit class each
week. That’s 68-103 minutes a day.
- Create a list of everything that you have to do
and include the length of time for each activity. Add these to a weekly time
map that becomes a guide for each day. If you have more to do than hours in the week, you may need
to make some tough decisions about which activities you can reduce or eliminate
from your schedule.
- Maintain a term-long
calendar that includes due dates for all big activities such as midterms
and essays. This will help you
plan ahead for weeks in the term that may be particularly busy.
- Find out why you are procrastinating and
stop! If you understand the
reasons for your procrastination, you
can start to formulate solutions to get back on track.
- Reduce distractions to balance academic, personal, and work life. University life is filled with many opportunities to learn and
grow outside of the classroom, including spending time with friends and family,
participating in student organizations, and attending interesting
- Take time for yourself and maintain your own
balance and wellness in your life.
- Need more help? Visit drop-in study skills support, make an appointment with TLC faculty, take a credit course, visit the TLC math and writing labs, or attend one of our workshop.
“Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave a
lecture on Time Management at the University of Virginia in November 2007.”
Study Hours Formula [pdf]
To determine how many hours you need to study each week to get
A's, use the following guideline rule of thumb: study 2 hours per hour in class
for an easy class, 3 hours per hour in class for an average class, and 4 hours
per hour in class for a difficult class. Use this worksheet to calculate the number
of hours you should try to study each week.
Weekly Scheule [pdf]
A time map is a tool to use for planning your week at the
beginning of each quarter. You may be amazed to see the pockets of time
you can find in your day after you fill in classes, work, and other activities
that happen every week.
Use this term-long calendar to plan big events (papers, exams,
activities) throughout the term. This tool helps you see everything you
need to accomplish together in one place.
Students procrastinate for many reasons, and many resources are
available to help students overcome procrastination.
The Cal Poly Academic Skills Center site lists reasons why students procrastinate and describes positive steps toward reducing/eliminating procrastination. The site also includes an activity to determine what you are procrastinating and why.
The University of Illinois Counseling Center describes several reasons why people
procrastinate and includes information on limiting procrastination and planning
Discover your procrastination style on the Psych Wisdom website where you can take a quiz to find out which of six different types of procrastination best describes you. There are also information sheets for how to manage each different type.
The University of Waterloo Counselling
Services describes five strategies that students can try to reduce distractions
and improve concentration.
The Delaware State Education Association website includes effective methods for improving concentration while
The Campus Recreation and Wellness center at the University of Baltimore describes describes six demensions of wellness and ways to achieve balance in each of them.