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Establish Clear Study Goals
Begin each study session by establishing an achievable goal(s), a workable time frame, and some kind of reward for a job well done.
1. Set Realistic Goals. Take a moment at the beginning of each study session to establish just exactly what you want to accomplish. This study goal should be stated or, if you prefer, written in a simple declarative sentence: “I will read two critical essays and ‘brainstorm’ for my English paper, ultimately narrowing the topic to one or two possibilities.”
2. Establish a Time Schedule.
When deciding how long you will spend studying, consider factors like your energy level, pressures from family or friends, class schedules (you want to be fresh for upcoming classes), assignment due dates, and , of course, your own study stamina (two shorter sessions may be more productive than one longer one.)
You will find it helpful to map out your study sessions by creating daily study schedules. (Examine the sample schedule that follows.)
3. Promise Yourself a Reward.
Upon completion of your study session, you may want to give yourself some positive reinforcement. After all, you set a goal, you achieved it, and because of that, you owe yourself a little “morale booster.” Watch a favorite TV program, take a refreshing walk, visit with friends—whatever you choose to do, think of it as payment for the work you have accomplished.