» Suggestions for Time Budgeting

There are 168 hours in a week, but about 100 are usually taken up with “non-optional” activities such as sleeping, eating, personal care, travel, religious activities, home chores, and modest amounts of leisure and recreation.

Plan to spend a maximum of 65 hours a week on a combination of the following activities.  If these total more than 65 hours, something needs to be modified.

  1. Classes and laboratories
  2. Study
  3. Part-time employment
  4. Student activity commitments

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Useful Tips

Leave some time unscheduled each for a “shock absorber”.


Give consideration to the following when scheduling study time:

  1. Try to schedule study time for a subject shortly before and/or shortly after the class meets.
  2. Plan your study time so that each hour is assigned to a specific subject.
  3. Schedule study time for your most difficult subjects when you are most alert.
  4. Do not schedule time for one subject for too long.  After an hour or so, most people find efficiency is reduced.  Try to switch between dissimilar subjects.
  5. Try to stop at an interesting place.


Be realistic about your schedule.  Do not:

  1. Schedule exceedingly long study sessions.
  2. If you expect to take a half-hour “coffee break” some between 9 and 10 every morning do not schedule that time as an “hour” of study.
  3. Do not expect to get up early in the morning, expend your energies in exhausting activities all day, and then still expect to study at night.  Do your studying when you are alert and energetic.
  4. Decide if you are a morning, afternoon, or night person and arrange your schedule accordingly.  Be honest in your evaluation.
  5. Do not rationalize that you can study well in the presence of many distractions.


When you have developed a realistic, balanced schedule, stick to it!