Presentation on theme: "Choosing a study place, dealing with distractions"— Presentation transcript:
1 Choosing a study place, dealing with distractions TIME MANAGEMENT 1Choosing a study place, dealing withdistractions
2 Why Manage TimeMost people do what they want whenever they can and what they have to do when they mustThis type of person responds to rather than controls their time demands
3 Why Manage TimeCollege students spend approx. 11 hours a week studyingBecause school is such a large part of your life it makes sense to try to budget the available time in order to maximize it
4 Factors to Consider - Physical You all know from health science that after eating the stomach requires a large part of our available blood supply to process the food.Thinking can also require a large partof your blood supply. Because of this, studying should not follow eating.
5 Factors to Consider - Physical Another constraint is sleep. If you are sleepy it may be difficult to concentrate. Studying requires a great deal of concentrationResearch has shown the best memory retention comes from studying just before you sleepThe last items looked at seem to stay in the consciousness longer and therefore are more readily remembered later
6 Factors to Consider - Physical Another factor is energy level. Most of you probably are aware that certain parts of the day seem to be your strongest mentally and physicallySome people say they are morning workers. Others like earlyafternoon. Still others arenight people. Which are you?
7 Factors to Consider - Physical If you don’t know, try to find out by examining how you feel during the day. On your daily calendar, write notes as to when you feel the most energeticKeep this up at least six weeks, perhaps with notes about how well and how long you slept
8 Factors to Consider - Physical Another factor may be exercise. Most people do better at mental tasks when they exercise regularlySome even do better right after exercising even though their energy level has been lowered. Part of the reason may be relaxation. After exercising, it is often easier to relax
9 Factors to Consider - Physical When you are relaxed, you concentrate better. There are many techniques that will help you to relax when studying (see the presentation on test anxiety).
10 Choosing a Study PlaceOne of the first things that will help you relax is having a comfortable study place.
11 Choosing a Study Place What distractions are around you A study place should be chosen with the knowledge that it will make a difference in how well you study
12 Choosing a Study PlaceIt is important to select a comfortable place to studyYour study place should remind you thatwhat you are doing is studyingOnce selected, stock it with study materialsa dictionarynote paperpens and pencils
13 Choosing a Study Place Do you study in your bedroom turn off the TV unplug the telephonetell others in the house to let you concentrate
14 Choosing a Study PlaceSome people like to study at a desk, others on their bed, and still others on the floor. It depends on you.
15 DistractionsYour study area and your study time need to be planned to allow you to concentrateTo develop good study habits,your studying should be at aregular time and place
16 DistractionsFor some people, music is a study aid. Unlike music, television is a proven distractionThe telephone is an unplanned interruption and therefore a distractionturn off your cell phoneFamily or friends interrupting would also be a distraction
17 How to Use Your Study Time Now that you have chosen your time and placeremind yourself that you truly do want to studystart removing distractions, both physical and mentalput aside thoughts about anything elsethen start with routine tasks firstit is similar to a stretching or warm up routine in a physical taskyou should build your concentrationalso accomplish the easier homework
18 How to Use Your Study Time Next, examine your schedule and choose harder assignments. Often students like what they consider easy subjects. But this isn’t always a reflection of how hard the subject is. It may be more because of a great or poor teacher, or even which classes you share with friends.
19 How to Use Your Study Time Once you have identified your harder subjects, they should be broken up into parts that can be accomplished in the amount of time that you know you can concentrate.