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Effective Time Management

Pointers for Effective Time Management

Make a Plan for Living:

  • Use day planner divided by hours to schedule all of your activities for the day.  Be sure to schedule enough time for everyday things like sleeping, eating, and commuting.
  • Protect yourself from people who do not support your new challenge and goals. Many people do not understand the time commitment required in law school and may think you are ignoring them or no longer want to be their friend.  Explain your new situation to your friends and family to help them see why you will not have as much free time as you used to.  Sometimes it becomes necessary to have less contact with those who are not supportive of you and who do not respect your need to devote a significant amount of time to your studies.
  • Schedule some time daily for a fun activity, like going to the gym or watching a movie.  Schedule larger blocks of time on the weekends for visiting family and friends.

Make a Plan for Studying:

  • Analyze your learning strengths and weaknesses.
  • Focus on difficult tasks during times of the day that you are most productive.
  • Take study breaks every few hours.
  • Review your notes each day, rather than leaving it all for the end.
  • Remember that you should plan for at least two hours of preparation for every one hour of class time.  This does not include the time you will need to devote to reviewing class materials after class, or outlining.