Academic activities of the week and it is on this that private time should be maximally
spent for optimum
dividend.' Your private time is best and optimally used through
developing a personal timetable, note that a personal timetable is different from an
official timetable. Your personal time should be devoted to your academic load. Developing personal timetable
There are a number of things that should be considered before developing your
personal timetable. Nutsukpo (2011) advices that students must add up the time
spent on other activities and sleep and take it away from your 168 hours a week. Put
down on paper, the number of courses for the semester, the number of practicals,
assess each course in terms of levels of difficulty, share your available time among
the prescribed courses but ensure to allocate more time to the difficult courses, this
implies less time left for the easier/more manageable courses. Decide when your day
begins and ends.
According to him the next step is to draw up a timetable frame with the days
of the week and time neatly allocated on it (see the sample below). Cross out slots for
official activitie~ - lectures, tutorials, practicals, routine duties, etc. Whatever time is
left constitutes your private/study time slots. Fill-t.he private study slots with
activities such as revision, private reading, assignments, etc. for each course. Have
your personal private timetable typed and keep photocopies.
Study methods
Study methods are strategies which if effectively applied will bring about success in
academic career, and they include: comprehensic;m (listening and reading), note
taking and note making, summarizing, discussion with a lecturer or in study groups,
assessment and evaluation, test, term paper, and examination, projects - individually
and in group. I will take up all these in different sections in this blog.