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Project Read provides these tips for helping learners manage their time.
- Discuss when high and low energy times are and then encourage your
learner to use high energy times to study more difficult work.
- Study in doses. Encourage your learner to reward him/herself after
a predetermined amount of reading, writing, or reviewing.
- Maintain a regular place and time to study both in and out of sessions.
- Use index cards and calendars to get control of your time. A large
monthly calendar that you can easily see each day is very useful.
Or use index cards for copying your daily schedule, and keep them
- Make it a habit to check your calendar and daily lists each morning.
- To set aside time for long-term projects, count backward from the
due date and estimate how much time will be needed. Always allow more
time than you think you will need.
- Encourage your learner to keep his/her tutoring session schedule
in a place where it won't get lost in a wallet or a notebook used
in the tutoring sessions.
- Think of time that isn't scheduled for anything and use it! Encourage
your learner to review his/her assignments, or do additional/independent
reading or writing.
- When conflicts arise that interfere with tutoring time, discuss
what's important. Learn to set priorities.
- Remember to write down everything you need for your session: pens,
pencils, paper, binder, books, tapeswhatever it may be. Check the
list daily so that nothing is forgotten.
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