Taken from Succeeding in College: Study Skills and Strategies, pp.163-166
Divide daily study time into blocks of “A”,”B”, or “C”.
Maximum concentration time — time needed for intense studying — best in the morning (even if you think you work best at night). Utilize the hour between classes to head to the library to complete a good 45 minutes of intense studying or get up an hour or two earlier (which means getting to bed sooner). “A” blocks of time are appropriate for High-concentration tasks and are best done in a quiet setting such as the library. Since this time is limited in your schedule, you should reserve this for difficult assignments and studying complex information.
Time reserved for less demanding tasks — review and completion of routine assignments, such as rewriting lecture notes, reviewing study sheets, etc. This can be done in a “noisier” environment such as the lounge, your room, or with a study group.
Utilize the odd moments of time (time standing in line, the 10 minutes in between classes, waiting for the laundry to finish drying) for repetition and reinforcement — use of flash cards or rereading study sheets you have already reviewed 3 or 4 times or reviewing a chapter you have already studied.
Using the A, B, C Blocking Technique
Reduce the amount of content to be learned by identifying its importance. Categorize A, B or C.
A: information that is very important
B: information that is less important but would be helpful as filler and support information
C: unimportant information– information known or only of small importance
Concentrate on the “A” material during “A” Blocks of study time, etc