1.31.17: What time management strategies did you use last semester? How well did they work?
Last semester, I used a few different types of time management strategies. One strategy I used was attempting to complete all my homework before doing anything else in my day. I found this very ineffective because I found myself forcing myself to do the school work. This resulted in me putting a lot less effort into the work that I was doing. I ended up just doing it to get it over with instead of doing it to actually learn and know what I was doing. This was the first method I used. Next I decided that I'd try to do some homework after class and some in the nighttime. This was more effective but this resulted in me forgetting to do some of the homework that I put off until later. For example, I would forget a lot to do my math homework on web assign because I would end up doing something with my friends and not realize there was homework due until it was too late to complete it accurately. So after this, I stopped and asked myself, what other types of methods are there to have success? That's when I came up with the idea to set up a schedule of when I was going to study and do homework and stick to it. I kept telling myself that it was a good idea but I never actually ended up implementing it until this semester. I'm already noticing lots of differences.
I have found that most of the time I procrastinate when I have trouble understanding something. For example, if I don't understand the prompt of a writing assignment, I will put it off until a few days before it is due. I will also do this with almost any other subject. Another reason I will procrastinate is if I feel like a due date is pretty far away and I don't feel 100% positive about what to do. This has affected me a lot because I have lost a ton of sleep because of this. There has been countless times that I have had to stay up a very long time completing assignments that are due the next day. This has also affected me a ton because it has created many stressful situations for me. There were countless times that I would have to race the clock to get math or engineering homework completed. This always put me very on edge and I was never able to submit my best work this way. My grade was always affected tremendously because of this. My homework average was highly affected by the fact that I always procrastinated. I prefer process over product because it is most of the time what I still do. I end up doing this because it is what is more convenient at the time but I need to change it because it never works out in the end for me.
2.28.17: Test-taking strategies
Doing the Dr. Felder's checklist in chapter 17 of "A Mind for Numbers" really showed me things that I can improve on to improve my test scores. The first one that I noticed that I was going to need to change was actually understanding what I was reading in my textbook. I just go through and try to find the major points when I read a chapter in a textbook and only take away a small amount of information when I should be taking away a lot more information with just a little bit more effort. I realized that I needed to put in that little bit of extra effort to make sure that I am taking away what I need to. I can do this by thoroughly reading through the material and taking my time as opposed to rushing through it like I normally do. I can also take good notes that I will be able to look back onto later. Another thing that I noticed was that I needed to get more sleep the night before a major test. The night before an exam, most of the time, I worry so much about the exam that it prevents me from going to sleep easily. I just need to calm myself down and feel confident for the exam coming up instead of cramming a lot the night before and worrying myself to death. That also brings up another issue that I have with preparing for a test. Even if I study a lot overtime, I force myself to sit there and try to go over every little thing the day before to make sure that I know it. I just need to follow the 5 day test prep and do what that sheet says and not try to spend a very long time the night before scaring myself even if I know the material that I am going over. Those are the three main things that I realized that I need to change when preparing for an exam.