Instructions

Make your plans for the next-coming day by creating a simple "to do"-list in the first column of the study guide. Set up smaller manegeable tasks for yourself, for example:
• to read one chapter or to write one page
• to work for 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break and then another 45 minutes of work - but remember some dicult material may require more frequent breaks

You will also need time every day for relaxation, exercise or sports, family commitments, friends and spouse. So make room for leisure in the study guide.

While planning, try to consider your daily rhythm. The best time for studies is when you are most alert! If you feel tired in the morning, it might suit you better to start your day at 10 a.m. rather than 8 a.m.

Also, remember to make breaks long enough to give yourself time to eat peacefully. Also, go for a walk, get some fresh air every day – it will do you good!

Use the next column in the study guide for notes about whether you followed your plans or not.

Write down what you actually did, how much you read or wrote in relation to the plans you made.

If you did something dierent instead of studying, you should make some notes about that too.

If you should find yourself unable to reach the decided goal for each study pass - what was it that prevented you from doing what you intended? Probably, you also have an idea of what might have helped you! Write about it in the study guide!

After about a week you can begin to look back in the study guide. At this point you might learn something about yourself. You may notice that studying came either easier or harder than you assumed. The fact is, many students actually study much more than they believe. Their assumptions about the ability to study is then probably aected by high demands and/or harsh self-judgement. Perhaps now you can see that it is easier to study eectively if you adjust your planning to your natural daily rhythm. It might also be evident that your focus on studying improves after relaxing activities.

Of course, it may also turn out that you study just as little, or even less than you thought. In this case, you might of course feel discouraged. But you should ask yourself what stopped you? What could have helped you? Maybe there are things you forgot to take into account when you planned.

And - if you are worrying over something in particular to such an extent that it seriously interferes with your studies – consider what might be best way to handle that problem.
If you use the study guide continuously for some time, then planning will become more and more natural. You will soon have it “within” - meaning you have learned how to make guidelines for your everyday life and to evaluate them for your best interests.

The study guide is based on the idea that mastering of long-term goals (to clear the exam, graduate, etc.) comes easier if you primarily focus on smaller subgoals - one day at a time, one thing at a time.

Good luck!