The approach of another semester causes some students to renew their commitment to better studying habits. Today’s tip bit is for them. The three 'P's of performance are:
- Prioritize. You need to list all things that you do on a daily basis and prioritize them. Some of them may be essential, like eating dinner or going to classes. Others may fall into the ‘time permits’ category.
- Plan. You need to develop a plan that will help you to accomplish your important tasks without feeling stressed and exhausted.
- Prepare. Your performance as a student is all about preparation. Once you have a plan, all you need to do is execute.
Law School Academic Support Blog explains how to create a weekly time-management schedule to make sure you complete all your important tasks.
I’ve also put together Studying Schedule Tables that will help you to allocate time to various tasks you need to do to prepare for your classes on a weekly basis. You just need to substitute your own subjects, activities and percentages. Download studying_schedule_tables.xls [Excel 33 KB]
The Available Study Time Table requires you to determine how much time you have to study each day and fill in the time in minutes.
In order to fill in the Effort Concentration Table, you need to decide what percentage of your study time you allocate to each subject based on your course schedule and studying preferences. For example, you may decide that Sunday is your Contracts day, but you split Monday 50%-50% between Property and Con. Law.
For the Activity Distribution Tables, you break down each subject into smaller activities, such as reading, outlining, review, etc. Then you decide what percentage of time you want to spend on each activity for that subject.
The Summary Table automatically calculates how many minutes you will spend on each activity of each subject for every day of the week. That’s the second sheet in my Excel file, titled Weekly Summary Sheet.
Prioritize, plan, prepare!