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Tips from Professors & Students

Make schedules of classes, meetings, study time, etc. on Google calendar and color code each thing so you don’t get confused. –Amanda Loretoni ‘13

One key strategy that I use to help prevent procrastination is to fill every empty spot that I have in my day in with a little bit of library time to get assignments done. You are already out and about so you might as well stop by the library and be productive for the time that you have.

- Amanda Slemaker

If you have a big research paper that is due work on it a little at a time, try to do 1 pages every day until its finished. –Charleen Frederick ‘16

Make to do list of everything you need to get done. Things don’t look as overwhelming when they are listed out and check them off as you complete each one. –Angelica Fleming ‘13

If you are struggling to get everything done and in on time, try critically examining your daily and weekly calendar. First, carefully monitor your existing use of time with a diary and then, with a trusted, mature friend, examine your daily and weekly calendar very carefully and critically. How many hours do you spend on different activities? How much time is wasted? Are there any lots of time between your classes that you could put to use for productive studying? Then, draw up a new calendar for yourself. Allocate specific times and places each day to study particular subjects and write in all of your existing class meeting times, along with other scheduled meetings and commitments (such as drama, music, sports, etc.). Set up a semester-long schedule showing all four months and write down when all written work is due and when all tests are scheduled. It can be very helpful to see weeks ahead of time when you will face a major crunch of deadlines and tests. –Dr. Owen Professor of Philosophy

Get a smart phone or tablet that loads to Google calendar. If you haven’t already, start using the internet as an external brain scheduling. We’re all too busy to remember our obligations. Use the “alert” functions for everything event or date or meeting that matters, work on projects and papers a paragraph or two at a time. Do bite-sized work until you’ve completed a banquet. This requires the self-discipline to start early on deadline-driven work. Not many people have it, but ultimately much easier than pulling all-nighters, as well as less stressful than procrastinating. –Dr. Dorries Professor in Communications

Attend class, every class, note key dates in the planner or on a calendar or both, Submit all assignments even if they are late all assignments contribute to your final evaluation. –Dr. Lemons Professor of Education

Consolidation happens over a period of three nights. So, to make the most of your studying, study three days before your test. Continue studying for the next three days, to be sure, but most importantly, get a good night’s sleep for the three nights before the test. Your performance will be much better than if you pull an all-nighter cramming- Dr. Macalister Professor of Life-Span Developmental Psychologist