Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Plan to Succeed!

Develop a Semester Plan:  A Semester Plan gives you an overall view of your semester, which allows you to manage your time and energy effectively. 
  • Buy a monthly calendar and post it over your desk.
  • Collect your course syllabi.
  • One-by-one, enter assignment deadlines onto the monthly calendar.
  • At the same time, carefully re-read your course syllabi.  Be sure you understand your professors’ expectations and ask for clarification if necessary.
  • Add exam times/days into your monthly calendar.

Develop a Weekly Plan:  Download a weekly worksheet. Type in all the “fixed” commitments (class times, club meetings, part-time jobs, etc).  This is your “master plan.” Print it out each Sunday evening.
  • Pencil “S” into your “master plan” to indicate potential study times.  Use the time between classes.  Vary your study plan weekly to accommodate athletic events, club meetings, big exams, etc.
  • You should have twice as many S's as you have credit hours.  That is, 14 credits ==> 28 preparation hours weekly. Preparation means: reading, reviewing class notes, problem-solving, writing outlines, making flashcards, seeing tutors, etc  
  • If you need to meet with tutors, build them into your plan.  Identify campus resources and use them!
  • It’s okay to plan around your favorite TV shows, intramural sports, etc., just make sure the study times add up.  Work “with” yourself, not “against” yourself.
  • Use a term paper planner for big projects.

Update your Graduation Plan.  Update your plan so it shows your current registration and needed changes for future semesters.  You may revise your graduation plan – but don’t lose “required” courses in the process. Keep your Graduation Plan and your Advising Checklist together for easy reference.  Go here for advising resources.