Plan your time
Have you stopped to think about the relationship between your academic performance and doing well in your professional career?
Obviously, the objective of each academic year is to successfully pass all subjects, but professional success is a long-term goal. Each semester, various activities will provide you with short-term goals: practical work, projects, tutorials, midterm examinations, etc. If you classify your activities according to their level of urgency and importance, you can organize all your tasks in a table like this:
It may help to ask yourself regularly: Which box do I spend the most time in?
Steps to follow when creating your plan:
• Submission of work
• Initial and final exams
• Important personal events Once you have done this, you can create a weekly plan.
• In one weekend, you can’t usually study more than three subjects. Choose which ones you’re going to study.
• It could be the time to go over your notes from the week, look over a textbook, etc.
• Try to revise whole topics already covered in class and make a note of any questions you have so you can try to clear them up during the week.
• Try and catch up with previous topics.
• Take advantage of the time to plan your week with some specific objectives. What should I take into account when planning my time?
• Arrange subjects according to the level of difficulty.
• Don’t study more than two subjects a day.
• Think about the amount of material you have to study.
• As a general rule, do not spend less than an hour and a half continuously studying one subject.
• Make use of shorter time slots to read and complete your notes, clear up any questions, etc.
• Monitor your time. Make a note of the number of hours you study every day and the subjects you study during this time.
• Try to study 8 to 10 hours at weekends. Confirm your timetable with your advisor and after two weeks of work, let him or her know if it’s feasible. You may have overestimated how much you’re capable of and may have to revise your work plan.