S.M.A.R.T. goal setting for developing and implementing study skills:
Specific: Who, what, where, why, and how
Measurable: How will I know if/when goal is accomplished?
Achievable: Doable goals that are attainable yet stretch you
Relevant: Short-term goals lead us to achieve long-term goals
Timely: Set realistic timeframes that are achievable (for example: "I will effectively study for my exam by preparing for lecture by reading my text, taking notes, studying each day, and using SMARTHINKING and/or ATI as learning tools.")
- Get organized: Create a master schedule with fixed and flexible activities and determine how to use your flexible time. Consider using your PDA for scheduling.
- Develop self-discipline: Keep an activities journal listing what you do with your time for one week. Are you maximizing your time?
- Learn to say no to requests on your time that you are unable to fulfill.
- Use your time wisely: Be careful with your time on phone calls, texting, and television.