How to Fill Out a Weekly, Monthly Schedule and Other Advice

–from an email to our students.

Advice on making weekly schedules:

Your weekly schedules, how to fill them out. Write down all activities that stay the same every week. I want you to start filling it in with what you are actually doing, maybe print the schedule and carry it with you. Write what changes and stuff in pencil. I want every box filled in with something: when you study, how long, what subject, when you eat, what you eat, how long, when you work out, how long, when you goof off, how long. Analyze your patterns, see where you waste time. Learn how to predict how long it will take to study and what class for next week. Preplan your next week with time slots for each subject, see if you can accurately predict how long it takes to do stuff. Add FLEX hours into time slots if you are not sure, for flexibility.  I want you to be able to predict in the future how long it takes to study for each subject. 

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               Sample weekly schedule

I want to see “Review” of notes nightly, everywhere, 15 minutes! Are you taking notes with keywords in the left column? How about writing your own test questions. also, how about professor office hours? Can you make them for the class in question, the one you get tutoring for. Introduce yourself to the teacher. tell him or her you are working hard, can they recommend any extra practice problems. tell them you like the class but struggle. Read some of their research papers, if they have any. Ask about what the professor’s research is about, why they chose a career in teaching, anything that shows you are interested in the class and enjoy the professor’s dedication to his craft, his teaching. 

Gotta seem genuine is you aren’t. Think to yourself, why did this professor become a teacher, get into his mind, learn to think like the teacher. Use his past tests and start analyzing how he asks/what questions he asks. Make your own similar test questions, ask your tutor to do the same, analyze those tests! Learn to predict future test questions. Practice sample problems from your teacher or problems you missed on the test. Speed quiz. 10 minute fast quizzes in the classroom or another classroom or at a desk at home (don’t use a comfy couch or your bed, sit in a desk). Learn what mistakes you make when you are rushed or stressed. 

Our tutors can definitely make some test type questions for you. Keep a log of what mistakes you make when rushed. Practice those same questions when you speed quiz. 10 minutes, get 100{1870485bc5b1e7a5aedc33fc808a1cb6336e9aafb8d054494e763b3ec6cda6b5}? No? Run a flight of stairs. Get out of breath. 10 min speed quiz. 100{1870485bc5b1e7a5aedc33fc808a1cb6336e9aafb8d054494e763b3ec6cda6b5}? No? Run two flights of stairs. Repeat. 

If test anxiety is indeed a major issue, cure it. Meditate using my progressive visualization method, daily on a test week. 

Then yes, meet with me once you have a detailed weekly schedule, or chat with me by phone.

Bottom line, on my advice, see what works for you, what doesn’t. Customize my advice. Treat the study skills as weapons of war, to make you an academic soldier. For good grades, if this thinking works for you, treat each class as a battle. The war is won with your independence from us, from tutoring, and straight A grades. Note the cover of my study skills book, there’s a guy with a sword. The idea is to turn you into an academic soldier. Fight for your cause!

Oh also, make a monthly schedule, quarterly schedule. Know when all tests are. Know when all your finals are. Start your finals review of all notes at least 2 weeks in advance of the finals.

Badass Robb

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