3Scheduling (How do you use your time?) Carefully considerWhen and where you studyHow often you studyHow much time you wasteThe quality of your study timeThe “excuses” you use for not studyingYour Priorities
4Learn How to Make a Schedule Make a list of daily activities and realistically estimatethe amount of time required to complete each.Consider Priorities in this order:1. In-class time2. Work hours3. Meals4. Sleep5. Classes outside school6. Family Activities7. Study block time(begin with at least one hour a day)8. Recreation time (include exercise)
5Use a Daily Planner Using a Day Planner, write your activities in the time slotsConsider the following as you plan your time:A. Make your schedule somewhat flexible.a. Don’t schedule every hour of every day.b. Leave room for the unexpected(extra assignment, activity, etc.)c. Leave room for change, but only make achange for a good reason.B. Write LegiblyC. Be realistic – know your limits
6(You won’t follow your schedule Post SchedulesandAssignments/ListsKeep your Day Planner/Handbook with you(You won’t follow your scheduleunless you look at it!)
7Post Time Schedules of Home Activities On the refrigerator doorOn a family bulletin boardInclude the following:Study blocksFamily activitiesSpecial eventsMake and follow a daily “To-Do” list
8Hints for Successful Schedules Try using your schedule for a week before makingchanges.Become familiar with your schedule and make it a habit.Refer to it often throughout the day.Carry it with you at all times.Remember to be flexible and to change something …only if there is a good reason.
10Focus in on Concentration A. Intend to Study and LearnB. Become Interested in the SubjectLook for points of viewQuestion and be skepticalPredict outcomesLook for connections/relationshipsC. Know YourselfTake advantage of your learning styleUse your perceived strengthsKnow your limits
11D. Set Clear and Attainable Goals Know what you are supposed to learnConcentrate on the main focus of the materialBriefly outline the task(s) to be completedE. Exclude DistractionsKnow your distractions and intentionally remove themIdentify patterns of distraction and break them
13Preparation Before the Test …In School Pay attention for Important InformationMaterials (Handouts, Models, Videos, etc.)Repetition of Main IdeasFormat of ExamRequired supplies or equipment(calculator, ruler, protractor, etc.)In Class…Intend to LearnListen CarefullyTake Thorough and Accurate Notes (and review them Daily)Ask QuestionsTry to Organize and Condense important ideasTalk with Classmates or Arrange to Study in a GroupArrange to meet with the TeacherDon’t wait until the day before the testBe willing to stay after school (Remember your priorities?)Take initiative to arrange a time to meet.
14Preparation Before the Test …At Home Review your NotesOrganize Information NeatlyWrite down Questions to ask in schoolReview all materials related to the class(notes, handouts, text book, outlines, assignments, etc.)Pay particular attention toListsCharts, Tables, or Graphs that organize InformationAnything stressed or given extra importance in classDivide your material into what you know well, whatyou need to review, and what is totally unfamiliarColor-code or label your notes accordinglySpend most time on what is unfamiliar
15BE ORGANIZED! Rewrite key terms, definitions, equations, comparative lists, summaries, etc.Review specific note-taking techniquesForm a Study GroupGet a full night’s sleepHave a positive attitude that you have prepared tothe best of your ability and be satisfied with that.BE ORGANIZED!
16Test Anxiety Strategies Stop negative thoughts…Think positiveAdmit anxietyImprove the situation
17Plan Your Attack You are in control. Use some or all of the following strategies to be proactive.Visualize – See success in your mindRelax – Think about something or someplace you enjoyFocus – Try to remember the helpful tools and study methodsyou have learnedBreathe – Take several controlled, deep breathsNotice – Be aware of how your body reacts to anxiety andmake a conscious effort to relax your muscles
18Exercise Get some Exercise It will help you relax Help you to control your breathingFocus more when you go back to studying
19Albert Einstein He was asked to define insanity. This is what he said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.“How does this relate to this class and your upcoming school year?
20STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Attend class daily, on time and ready to work Ö maintain a daily, complete, organized notebookHave all assignments done when they are dueMake up any work missedReview work done each day as well as complete any additional assignmentsSpend an appropriate amount of time preparing for testsMaintain the condition of texts, classroom and laboratory equipmentExercise safety and common sense at all times, particularly when working in a laboratory situationHave a mutual respect for fellow students and their right to an education