1. The less structured your weekly schedule is, the easier it is to waste it. You need both a task list and a schedule of when you are going to do your work.
Semester planning templates Semester Planning .xlsx
Semester Planning .xls
These spreadsheets have great tips on completing a term paper and managing your time. Coordinate the tasks on this spread sheet with your iPhone calendar.
2. Get out of your dorm room and into the library or an empty classroom so you can study in a quiet place. Staying in your dorm room when you need to work will just invites distractions.
3. Have a written schedule. At the beginning of each semester, you should draw up a weekly study plan. It should show the days of the week across the top and the hours down the left side. Each day of the week should be blocked out first with activities you can not change, like classes, work, team practices, meal time, and errand time (laundry, food shopping). Allow yourself one TV show a week on your schedule but no more. Then find the blocks of time in between the other activities when you can get in a good 45 minutes or more of study time.
Download a Class Schedule .xlsx.
Download a Class Schedule .xls.
4. Study alone. There are two exceptions to this rule: (a.) You missed a class and need to get the notes. Hint: someone else's notes will never help you as much as being there so always GO TO CLASS unless you are really sick!
(b.) You want to review or discuss a topic with 3 or 4 other students before a mid term or a final. Be sure to stay on track during the meeting. Study with people who take good notes.
5. Never miss a class if you can physically be there. If you are exhausted, aching, and have a fever then stay in bed.
6. Find out when your professor has office hours. Office hours are when the professor is actually in the office the university gives him. His department's office can tell you the location of his office. Usually the hours are posted on the office door. Talk to your professor if you are stuck on some concept.
If you are stuck on understanding Post-Modernism learn the basics by clicking below and you'll be wiser than the professors. After all, how can you trust a developed system of thought that says you can't trust developed systems of thought? :)
There are plenty of resources on surviving secular professors. Also see our Apologetics page:
Intro to Postmodernism
Apologetics: The Defense of the Faith
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