As you get started with each new class each term, it is a good idea to think through your overall academic plan for success for each class. By planning out the consistent tasks you need to complete such as reading before class, actively reviewing notes, completing practice problems or working on a long-term project, you can have a better sense of how to spend your time each week. Using the weekly course task list, keep track of the things you need to do each week. Make sure to think about long-term projects you may need to work towards or weekly assignments. Check out the examples below for what may make sense for a course you are taking. The numbers in parentheses is an estimate of about how much time per week you should spend on that task. For example, for your Literature course you may have a lot of reading to do each week, which may take up to 4 hours. For Biology, you may be covering a chapter a week which could take a couple hours to read.
|Course: Biology 2||Course: American Literature|
|Meeting Times: M/W/F & Th (R)||Meeting Times: T/Th|
Task List ~ 9 hours
Task List ~ 6 hours
|1) Read before lectures (2)||1) Read before class (4)|
|2) Review notes after lectures (2)||2) Review notes after class (1)|
|3) Complete homework problems (1.5)||3) Complete weekly writing reflection online (1)|
|4) Complete practice questions (1)||4) Research/write paper (1)|
|5) Review previously learned concepts (1)||5) Writing Center before papers (.5)|
|6) Tutoring and/or office hours (1)|
Once you have your list complete for each class, you can either combine it with a weekly schedule or permament to-do list for each day of the week. Your schedule should follow a general routine for many classes. In general, we recommend that you prepare for class a day in advance, then attend class and review your notes the same day as class. Follow-up that learning with active study strategies that help you to practice applying and mastering the concepts. It is also suggested to spend a little time reviewing previously learned concepts each week to maintain mastery of the material. See below for examples of a weekly schedule that maps out weekly tasks and examples of a permanent to-do list. The items in red are tasks that may not appear every week but become important as deadlines approach.