Need advice for studying
August 14, 2018 5:02 PM   Subscribe

Hello MeFites, I'm enrolled in a paralegal program, which puts me back in schools for the first time in over two decades. I'm getting excellent information on the latest brain science for learning, but I'm not sure how to manage two courses.

I know that assignments and tests will guide some of how I use my study time, but otherwise, I'm not sure what the best method is for reading the material for both courses. Should I alternate nights or do some reading for each class every night? If it helps, one class meets weekly for three hours and the other class is entirely online. Please that I'm not asking for specific tips how to learn, but how to maximize my time with two courses. Thank you.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to Education (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Looks like that Coursera course will/does cover some of this, but my understanding is that doing a bit every day for both courses is likely more productive than alternating days between the two courses.

There's a bit in this TED talk about creating an effective study schedule (based on empirical research).
posted by eviemath at 5:31 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]


Science can tell you on average what works best, but my experiences with education suggest that really, the best thing you can do is not just try a single approach. You have, I'm assuming, probably 15 weeks of these two courses? Try one week with both daily and one week with alternate nights. See what your personal schedule is for how much time you have to block out for it and how you feel about spending longer stretches of time on a single course's work. I had some courses in school that I definitely found benefitted from longer stretches... and others that I really needed to revisit more frequently. Experiment and maybe keep a journal about what's working and what isn't so you can refine your approach as you go on.
posted by Sequence at 7:32 PM on August 14, 2018 [1 favorite]


So you want to know how to manage your time reading for these courses? Do you have course calendars that indicate when certain material needs to be read by? I sound flippant but wouldn't the due dates help you factor in when you need to read the material? Usually with an online class you have discussion board posts that are due on certain days even if you do not meet and most likely these posts will be in response to readings. I would do reading for your face to face class before you meet so it's fresh in your mind and not work on your online class that day. You indicate that you do not want tips on how to learn, so I don't know what else I can offer. Good luck!
posted by jj's.mama at 3:09 PM on August 16, 2018


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