Get organized with a schedule that works
Why make a schedule? Routine helps with focus and maintaining that calm feeling you have when you're, well, calm. Plus, routine is especially important when learning remotely.
Plan to wake up at the same time during the week and go about your routine at home as you would for a regular day at school. Also consider, when do you need to be in your study area to work on school assignments? And, what time of day do you work best?
Creating a schedule and following a routine can help you feel more productive, more in control and more accountable. Plus, it helps set boundaries around your time and reduce distractions.
When you're ready, grab your day planner, open your Google calendar or favourite calendar app, and start your schedule.
Mark down your classes
Plot your deadlines and exams too. Include everything that counts for marks and how much each is worth for the whole semester — this will help you prioritize projects.
Also, mark important dates at SAIT, such as add/drop and withdrawal deadlines, and holidays.
Record any standing commitments
Incorporate things like special occasions, digital meetups, work and more.
Book study time each day
Be realistic, but remember, multiple shorter sessions are far less painful than a few last minute slogs. To really activate your study skills, try this:
- Before class: review old material and preview upcoming material
- In class: participate, take notes, listen
- After class: review new material, edit your notes
- Weekly review: complete your readings, update your materials, summarize your notes
- Study session: test yourself using flash cards, practice questions and your summary sheets
Do you get ‘hangry' if you miss a meal or just angry if you're short on zzzs? So do most people. Book time to eat and sleep. Noon doesn't work for everyone for lunch and there's nothing wrong with taking a nap, especially when you know you're going to need it.
Daily physical activity is a stress buster. Schedule it and get active.
Book time for fun — actually put it in your calendar. Consider it a reward after a tough day or a busy week.
Book time for you — taking care of yourself whether you're studying online or in-person is important especially during times of stress.
Finally, make sure you build flexibility into your schedule.
The idea behind a schedule is to give you a big picture look at everything on your plate — a schedule brings all the things together in one place. Try to stick with it, but don't be afraid to move things around or update the next week or month based on your experience.
Get helpful advice on mastering time management and more, connect with an academic coach.
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