Smart Tips

Smart Tips

S = Specific

Vague: "Read Kant for two hours." (Any goal exceeding 1.5 hours of study should be broken into smaller goals.)

Specific: "Read 4 pages of Kant in an hour and prepare a thought for class"

M = Measurable

Not Measurable: "Study for Chemistry Exam for 8 hours."

Measurable: "Work problems from 5 chapters for 45 minutes each."
(Short, measurable goals will help you stay on track.)

A = Attainable

Not Attainable: "Study 40 hours every week outside class."

Attainable: "Study 20 hours every week outside class and save my extra energy for final's week."

R = Realistic

Unrealistic: "Get Straight A's this quarter." (You cannot control everything that will affect your grade.)

Realistic: "Go to all classes. Study 3 hours per day."

T = Timely

Not Timely: "I'll start my paper tomorrow..."

Timely: "Today, I can read the essay questions and pick my topic."

T = Take a Break!

Continue your previous hobbies and interests, even if the time spent on them needs to be reduced.

Take regular breaks. Study for only 45 - 90 minute intervals. And, study for only 3 hours per day in a normal week.

I = Invigorate Yourself!

Continue to exercise and socialize.

Study with a group or meet a friend to study.

Treat yourself to breakfast before your Sunday study session.

P = Plan Your Study Space!

Study in a space that works for you. If you are distracted or unproductive studying at home or in the library, go to a coffee shop, for instance.

S = Set Your Priorities!

Set your priorities every week, and then re-examine your priorities every day.

Work on high priority work first.

Make tough decisions and stick by them.

Are you researching your paper endlessly? Start writing instead and find out in that way whether more research is required.

Does a problem set need to be done tomorrow? Take a rain check on that coffee date and study with your friend instead.