OHSU

Study Skills

Creating a Study Schedule

  • Schedule study times (and stick to them).
  • Consider factors such as when and where you tend to focus and work well, such as in the mornings, at the library, with a study partner, etc.
  • Study the most difficult and/or least favorite subjects first. This can provide you with energy to focus and allows you to look forward to more enjoyable topics.
  • Include time for immediate review. Research shows that we tend to forget new information within the first couple of hours to days if we do not review it. Frequent reviewing and reciting of information can greatly help with recall.
  • Set specific, measurable, and attainable goals for what you want to accomplish during your study time. For example, identifying what you will study, for how long, and what you want to accomplish by the end of your study time can greatly enhance our success.
  • Take regular breaks. It is important to allow your mind, eyes, and body to rest. Breaks may include five minutes to stretch or return an email; an hour away to eat a meal; or 30 minutes to reward yourself for your hard work by watching an episode of your favorite TV show (just one, though!).
  • Using a planner or calendar that allows you to prioritize what you have to accomplish each day, week, and month will help you stay on target.