Make a good study plan
How to Build a Study Schedule for Adult Learners
So you are heading back to college as an adult, an adult who has a life full of responsibilities before you receive your first syllabus. The speed at which college classes move is one of the biggest battles for working adults, making having a good study plan sorted out right from the beginning of classes an extremely important step. Moreover, it's a step that should be completed before the end of the first week of classes. Here is a good approach to developing and using a study plan for returning adult students.
Blocking Off the Fixed Events on Your Working Plan
Obtain a "Week" page.There are many free ones on the web. Look for a plan where each day is broken into 15 or 30 minute segments. This will be your "Working Plan." Later, you will want to obtain or purchase a weekly calendar for the school year that has the same 15 or 30 minute breakdown to each day.
On the Working Plan, block off all "fixed" events.It surprises many students that this is really the first step. They normally want to begin with the last step, namely study times, but don't do that! Start with your "fixed" events, then do the other steps in order.
- Fixed events are your work hours, class hours, travel time to and from these events, and any other items that cannot be moved or changed each week.
- List what the event is and draw a line to indicate how much time that event covers.
Block off "life" activities next.These are your daily living activities such as meals, dressing, etc. Again, list the activity and draw a line to indicate how much time each activity normally requires.
Blocking Off the Variable Events on Your Working Plan
Block off some recreation/renewal time.Be aware that this step is the most difficult one for many adult students. When you are working, going to school, and maintaining other adult responsibilities, it seems ridiculous to plan some fun, but relaxation and renewal are vitally important to your performing at your best. Research demonstrates that students perform better when they give themselves a few renewing breaks through the week.
- Of course, you cannot allot this too much time, but a 15 to 30 minute bike ride or walk each every day can go a long way to helping you better focus and perform on school work.
Block off study times. Most students mistakenly think this is the first step but it's the last step because you need to make sure you can really study at the times you block off.
- Gather all your class syllabi and make sure you know what is expected in each class.
- Until you know how much time you personally are going to need to study various subjects, a good rule of thumb is to plan 3 hours of study for each hour you are in a lecture (especially for your tough classes). If you have 3 hours of lecture, then you need to plan 9 hours of study a week. (Note: you will notice that taking a full class load means that you need to study almost 40 hours a week, so be careful how many classes you carry each term!)
- Decide which is going to be your most difficult class and decide how many hours a week you need to devote to that class.
- Look at your open times on the 'Working Plan' and decide when you will be at your best. Put study times for the difficult class into your 'best' times.
- Now, block in the study times for your other classes.
- Mark all times as study and list the topic, for example, "Study Statistics."
Setting up Your Weekly Calendar for the Term
Take a moment and review your Working Plan.Ask yourself:
- Have you forgotten anything?
- Are you giving yourself travel time?
- Are you being realistic about your study times?
- Are there small breaks between items where you could plan to do small amounts of study, for example, you could plan to review your notes during the half-hour between between one class and travel to pick up your kids or can you study while waiting on your child to finish a practice if you have materials with you (using digital materials can make this easier to do). Mark "Study ____" at those times.
Take your Weekly Calendar and fill in each week for the term.
- Copy all your fixed, daily living, recreation times, and study times into this calendar for the duration of the college term.
- Some students find it helpful to color code certain items to help them remember, for example you might highlight the short study times you've identified between major activities, so that they jump out when you look at the calendar.
Add in any unique events that will happen during the term, for example, a wedding or a doctor's appointment.
Take your syllabi and add any major assignment due dates or scheduled exams to your "Class" times.
- Be sure to know when your final exam is planned. Many schools hold finals at a different day and time than class meetings, so do not miss adding the correct day and time for all finals.
Look at each major assignment or exam on your Weekly Schedule.
- Will you need to plan extra time in the weeks leading up to that assignment or exam to prepare for it?
- Working backward from the due date, decide when you need to begin and what you need to do in order to meet the due date, for example add "research" times three weeks before a paper is due.
- Add these items to your calendar.
Using Your Weekly Calendar
Each weekend, look at the week ahead and make a plan specific to that week.
- What is due this week and next?
- Do you need to make any changes to your original study plan?
- Jot down on each "Study time" what you plan to cover, for example, Monday at 4:30 pm you already had written "Study Statistics." From reviewing what is due, you see that Chapter 4 homework is due by Friday. So, on the 4:30 Monday study time, you would add the note "CH 4 HW."
- By taking time over the weekend to identify what you need to do during each study time, you will save yourself a lot of time during your busy week. When you are running fast from work to school and sit down in the library at 4:30 for an hour of study before class, you can quickly look at the calendar and pull out chapter 4 of the statistics book and you do not have to spend 10 or more minutes trying to remember what is due.
Keep true to your timetable.Just as you would not blow-off an appointment with someone important, then do not blow off your study times with yourself. You and your education goals are just as important as other commitments in your life.
Consistently ask yourself if the Study Plan is working. Do not hesitate to change your "Working Plan" if it is not meeting your study needs.
- Remember, this is real life! That means that you will have to change your plans at times. The goal is to think through how much time you need to study and to try to protect that time. If you have to give up a study time, then find another time to fit that time into your week.
- An important goal in college is tonotget behind. Creating a calendar and beginning to use it before the first week of the term is over is a vital tool to keeping on track with your course work as an adult college student.
Video: How to create a LIT study schedule!
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