Planning Ahead

Divide and Conquer

Dr. Martin Simpson says to take any kind of big job and break it down into small, incremental pieces. This goes for time and tasks. "Don’t study 12 hours just before a test with a bunch of caffeine," he said. It is better to do an hour a day for 12 days. Most people are at their peak mental performance for 20-50 minutes. This means that studying for 12 hours is not the most effective way.

Set Goals

It is important to set goals in order to motivate yourself to get things done. Many people set goals saying "I want to lose weight." How do you know when you have reached your goal. Is losing one pound enough to reach goal? Make goals specific, measurable, realistic and flexible. According to the book, people who regularly set goals are more self-confident, concentrate better and perform better.

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Stay Organized

Keep a calendar starting at the beginning of each semester with important dates. It may seem easy to remember things but every class has assignments and tests that can be accidentally forgotten. Also, consider your course syllabus your friend. Keep your syllabus handy to answer questions about course objectives, your professor's contact information, grading policies and important dates.

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Getting Help

At the beginning of every semester it is important to make connection within your class. Find a friend or someone friendly to sit by an exchange contact information with. This will become a helpful resource when you have questions about anything relating to the class. It is also helpful to contact friends or colleagues that have taken the course in the past. They can give you insite into the types of tests given in the course and the best ways to prepare.

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