Building a Weekly Schedule

Having a weekly schedule is key to success.  There are a few different ways that you can go about creating a weekly schedule.  Although creating a weekly schedule before the semester starts is beneficial, it’s never too late to create a schedule to help you get on track! 

SMART(ER) Goals

Goals are an essential part towards creating a meaningful and intrinsically-rewarding life. Goals motivate us to work hard and to be our best and happiest selves. Every day we make goals, from having a goal to make an omelette for breakfast, to having a goal to attend a club’s social event you want to be at, and working hard to achieve even larger and longer goals of a dream career or particular living condition. For these large goals especially, forming them to be a SMART(ER) goal can create clarity in your end-objective and the process to get there, recenter you towards achieving your goal, and determine how to effectively allocate your resources to achieve the goal.

Active Reading Strategies

The best reading strategies are those that involve active reading. Active reading means reading to understand the material’s relevance for your needs. In other words, you want to engage with the text to get the most out of it.
Simply reading and re-reading is an ineffective way to learn and is therefore an ineffective way to study. Follow these tips below to learn new active reading strategies!

Exam Preparation

It’s true what they say: exam preparation is the key to success. However, that’s really only true when you have the proper tools and strategies. Follow these tips below to get the most out of your study session and ace your exams!

Places to Go When Your Desk Is Not Cutting It

Sometimes the desk just doesn’t cut it and you may feel unfocused and unmotivated to do work at the same workspace every day. Especially in the COVID-19 pandemic, the most reasonable option for studying is to do so at home, but that can get boring and stale quickly. Here are some options of where to study in Madison, WI when your desk at home is not working out for you.

Note-Taking Styles

There are a variety of note-taking styles students employ in there classes. For some, like myself, we have difficulty finding the right type of style that works best. This tip will explain five types of notes -outline, Cornell, mind map, course slides, and sketch notes- for you to consider (and try) in your studies. I personally tried a few of these styles and will be sharing my experience in addition to helpful information and descriptions of all of the styles that I hope you find as useful as they were for me.

School and Life Balance

The pressure to succeed in higher education when classes require large amounts of work and time commitment can be daunting and difficult to manage. Although academics takes a large priority in the lives of college students, it should not consume all of your time and effort. Finding a balance between school/academics and your personal life is essential in remaining successful, motivated, and happy.

How to Get The Most Out of Academic Match Study Groups

The Academic Match Program is a useful service for students interested in extra academic assistance. When it comes to higher enrollment courses, it can be especially difficult to have a personalized experience. This individual attention is what GUTS as an organization and our dedicated volunteer tutors in AM hope to provide. While you may have your tutors and program coordinators as available resources, there are other ways to ensure that you benefit as much as possible from your weekly sessions. This week’s tip will focus on what you can do to get the most out of your AM study group.