Resources for Students:

Assess your Study Skills

Having a successful college career entails a skillful and balanced set of organizational skills. Some people excel in certain areas and some people excel in others. Take our test and a counselor will contact you with the results to discuss a personalized plan of action.
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SAS Resource Manual

We offer a lot of solid resources for you, and sometimes it can get overwhelming. Here is a downloadable resource guide that collects the main parts for you.
Resource Guide (1.1 MB PDF)

Time Management Resources

You can print out these blank templates and fill it in to match your needs

  • Weekly Study Schedule
    1. Record your class times, lab times, athletic practices, work schedule, extracurricular activities (like sorority meetings, club meetings, choir practices and zumba classes): anything etched in stone.
      Color-code your classes and study times for easy visualization
    2. Add course-specific study time using this rule: Schedule 2 hours of study time for each hour of class-time; thus, you will need to schedule 6 hours of study time for each 3 credit hour course in which you are enrolled. Remember to schedule at least 15-30 minutes of review time before and after class if possible. Arriving prepared, and reviewing immediately will increase your memory and help you better retain the material presented!
  • Weekly Action List
    1. On the same day each week (I recommend Sunday for the following week) use your syllabus to record upcoming assignments and activities in each class. (example: HIST- read pages 33-56; MATH- complete problems 3:1-25; Colloquium-complete rough draft of paper 1), then add the day and the amount of time you plan to devote to each complete each task; then systematically check-off each task as you complete it. *Hint-You should ALWAYS devote time to study and review in each class, regardless of whether you have "assigned" readings or homework. Thus, no subject to be left blank.
    2. On Your Own-Using your completed action list, go back and add the amount of time you actually spent on each task, next, after you have a quiz, or exam note the grade you received the last column in the template is designed for this. (as in the example we used in class) This will help you learn whether you are spending enough time-on-task to achieve your grade goals).
    3. If your grade(s) is lower than you expected, you probably need to add more study time, OR change the way in which you are studying.
  • 12-Week Assignment Calendar
    1. Review one syllabus at a time.
    2. Record the due dates of all Quizzes, Tests, Rough Drafts, Papers, and Assignments in each course.
    3. If no date is provided, use Monday of the week the assignment is mentioned on the syllabus.
    4. Do this with each course.
    5. Choose a color for each course and highlight the assignments accordingly.
    6. If an assignment is worth a lot of points, indicate this by staring it, or otherwise making a notation you will recognize as meaning "this is worth a large portion of my grade!"

Principles of Time Management

  1. Be consistent, (study specific subjects at the same time each day)
  2. Schedule sufficient time, (6-8 hours per subject per week)
  3. Review as soon as possible after class
  4. Study difficult subjects first
  5. Study at times when you are most alert
  6. Study similar subjects several hours apart
  7. Allow time for review before class
  8. Take a short break after each hour of study
  9. Take a long break after two hours
  10. Distribute study evenly over the week
  11. Allow for leisure time daily

The Basics - 12-Week Semester Task List

Weeks 1 to 3: Take control of your time, activities and assignments by using your planner or the SAS time management resources on this page. Directions and example forms are in the SAS Resource Manual above and blank templates you can use are under "Time Management Resources"

Weeks 3-6: Establish grade goals in each course, learn what resources are available to help you meet them!

Weeks 6-8:Instructors will be submitting your midterm grades, which you can access by logging into "Web 4 Student." Knowing your midterm grades will empower you by providing a measure of your performance, as well as a "heads-up" if change is necessary while there is still plenty of time to improve. If your grades at midterm are not where you would like them to be take action by following these steps"

  • Use the GPA Calculator (http://home.hiram.edu/students/gpa.asp); reevaluate your grade goals and revise if necessary.
  • Meet with your instructor in each class you would like to improve and make sure your goals are achievable.
  • Make an appointment with Student Academic Services to help improve your study-skills, familiarize yourself with your learning style, and create a step by step action plan! Contact Student Academic Services at 330-569-6185, or stop-by Hinsdale 106 to set-up a time to meet.
  • Request a Tutor if needed.

Weeks 8-10: If despite your best effort you believe you will receive a "D" or "F" in any class, make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss the possibility of withdrawing with a grade of "W." The last day to withdraw this fall is Friday November 1st by 5pm.

  • * Never make the decision to withdraw without contacting your advisor or Student Academic Services. Taking a "W" may have a negative impact on housing, athletic, and financial aid status. Although withdrawing with a grade of "W" may be a better option than getting a "D" or "F" in a class, and cause no adverse impact, it is important to be sure before making the decision to do this.

Weeks 10-12: Review your syllabi and take time to create a final exam and final paper study schedule. Review your syllabi and note how many and which chapters will be covered on your final exam. Then, with at least one full week to go, structure exact days and times when you will review specific info in each chapter along with notes. Creating a systematic study schedule is a great way to prepare.

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