Have an Hour Between Classes? 5 Suggestions to get ahead in your coursework
This handout will help you plan and use your time effectively.
If you have 30 minutes or an hour between classes, you can use that time to get ahead in your coursework. Try these ideas to make the most of short blocks of study time.
CourseLink can be full of useful tips and tools:
- Try to visit each page in your CourseLink sites
- Check out the resources your instructor has posted
- Look for practice exams or sample questions
Review Lecture Notes
Review your notes while lectures are fresh in your mind:
- Look for gaps or unclear concepts and information
- Fill in the gaps by recalling from memory, using your textbook, or asking a classmate
Test Your Memory
Without looking at your lecture notes, try one of these:
- Do a practice question
- Draw a diagram
- Make a concept map
- Write down what you just learned in class
Break Down a Big Research Project
Do one of these to get started:
- Review your project or assignment
- Choose a tentative topic• Pick out key search terms
- Find 5 potential sources
- Skim an article and take notes if needed
Visit Your Instructor
Add your professor’s or TA’s office hours to your calendar so you know when they are available.
- Prepare questions about course materials or upcoming assignments
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