University of Washington - Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
2013 Test Prep Class
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1307 NE 40th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Last Revised: Oct 18, 2013
- A calendar
- A to-do
- A master
Your Master Schedule
On a blank
- Write "Class"
(e.g. ESS 101) in all the time blocks that you spend attending
classes, labs, study groups, or workshops.
- Write "Work"
in the appropriate time blocks.
- Write "Trans"
in those portions of the time blocks in which you travel to
and from campus and to and from work.
off with an X realistic amounts of time for breakfast, lunch,
off and write F-H in blocks of time committed to inflexible
family/household responsibilities or personal care. (e.g.,
laundry, pick up sister, cook, shower).
empty time blocks are those available for study time and
leisure activities. Always schedule study time before you
schedule leisure time.
off 2-3 hours of study time for every credit you are taking.
(e.g., if you are taking 15 credits, you will block off 30-45
hours of study time.)
to keep study hours as close to corporate hours as possible:
8am – 5pm.
any leftover hours are your own to do with as you please.
Reward yourself for your efforts.
your schedule realistic
- Set priorities
- Be flexible
and allow for trade-offs
to allow for more time during midterms and finals
week, evaluate your master schedule. Ask the following questions:
you over or underestimate the amount of time you needed for
you find some conflicts? Can they be resolved?
you find some scheduled study time inconvenient? Can they
it help you get more work done?
for Managing Your Time
study time as if it were your job
a practical time when you are alert
a quiet place free from other distractions
Set goals –
what do you want to learn?
they specific and measurable?
they challenging and realistic?
- Do they
have a beginning and a finishing date?
to notes, lectures, text.
at your lecture notes for what was stressed
questions the teacher asked
subheadings of text or discussion questions at the end of
a time table
- Do most
difficult and boring subjects first
according to due date
large projects as a series of small steps
½ - 3 hours for each hour of class
activities: reading-writing-reading-writing, etc.
50 minutes, take a 10 minute break
- Do not
schedule more than 3 hours study time in a row without a
break. This is true: Studying long = studying wrong!
hour for review and memorizing
– one week before exam.
1 hour for review for each chapter covered
1 hour review for every 1-2 lectures
an additional hour for homework review
some every day
some "insurance time" for extra studying
- To change,
you must understand how you use your time
how you want to use your time in the future
- If study
time were your job, would you get a raise, or be fired?
on the run.
main points of a lecture or chapter on master summary sheet
or note cards
master summary sheet or note cards handy so you can study
in the car (when someone else is driving!), on the bus, between
record main points and listen to them in the car, or while
spread yourself too thin
a good balance
your most alert time for studying and use down time for TV,
laundry, visiting, etc.