Managing Your Time Effectively

 

 

 

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As the Fall 2016 semester approaches, many students are overwhelmed as they try to readjust to a hectic schedule. Here are some simple tips to effectively study and manage your time:

  1. Be present- Attendance is vital to the success of any student, especially those enrolled in science and mathematics courses. By making an effort to attend all scheduled classes in a timely and prepared manner, you greatly enhance your study time by ensuring that you have the opportunity to have your important questions answered immediately after they arise. Effective note-taking is also helpful in retaining information and when reading your notes later, you have the chance to insert any information you may have missed. Professors are often able to condense text book chapters by presenting the essential aspects of concepts discussed in class, which allows you to spend more time understanding, internalizing, and applying the material, rather than spending hours reading just to get the basis of the subject matter.
  2. Stay on task- Its simple to get tricked into thinking that because it is the first week of class, you can start studying in a week or two when the work gets more challenging and exams begin to approach. However, this leads to additional stress, and waste precious time because review time will instead be dedicated to reading, learning, and researching. The most effective way to ensure that your review time shortly before exams is productive is by reviewing your notes from class on a DAILY basis. Even if it is a half hour before bed, or an hour in the morning before starting the school day, reviewing previous notes mentally prepares you to build on previous knowledge gained through prior readings and class discussions, allowing you to have a more complete understanding of what is being taught . When laboratory exercises are completed, it is extremely helpful to begin writing the lab report immediately by doing a section or two a day.
  3. Utilize various Resources- Technology is really a beautiful thing and can provide an endless library of knowledge when used correctly. Websites such as CourseHero and Chegg provide a plethora of solutions manuals for a small monthly fee, which can be of great assistance if used as a guide when attempting to actually answer the questions on your own, rather than as a tool to cheat. There are a number of channels on YouTube offering helpful lessons in chemistry, biology, and mathematics and the best part is it’s FREE. In addition, you can learn at your own pace by rewinding and pausing whenever you miss an important detail. Also, it hekps to take advantage of the many services offered on campus such as access to tutoring centers and office hours with a professor if you need further assistance. Remember, the only stupid questions are the ones that are not asked.

Helpful links:

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd4a1X3B61w&list=PL166048DD75B05C0D- general chemistry
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFKnq9QM6_A&list=PL1F0771AAC21C6FC9-general chemistry
    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMoA65Dj-zk&list=PL7305D1BC80498DA6-organic Organic Chemistry
    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMoA65Dj-zk&list=PL7305D1BC80498DA6 – Algebra
    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsiy4TxgIME&list=PLD6DA74C1DBF770E7 –Trigonometry
    6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXcZT2ICjA&list=PLE88E3C9C7791BD2D- Precalculus
    7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKvHQc3QEow&list=PL19E79A0638C8D449 – Calculus
    8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcjgWov7mTM&list=PL7A9646BC5110CF64 – Basic Biology
    9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEUvRrhmcxM&list=PLgxG2LQvarsGlfZt-M4bjNMJ3QfNABP8k –Genetics
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