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ASVAB Study Tips: How to Manage Your Time

By Rod Powers

You may have all the time in the world, but if you don’t use it wisely, it won’t help you meet your ASVAB goals. Procrastination is a problem for many people studying for the ASVAB or AFQT. The following tips can help you deal with this issue:

  • Clear your schedule. Recognize that your obligations and the resulting stress are as important as other people’s needs. Set limits around being interrupted or rescheduling your work time to accommodate others. Omit or reschedule some of your other obligations. You want to give full concentration to your studies without feeling guilty about what you’re not doing.

  • Create a work area that’s free from distractions and commit to staying there for at least one to two hours. If you get side-tracked, remind yourself how this activity will help you to meet your goals.

  • Prioritize. What has to be done first? What’s worth more in terms of your AFQT score? What’s worth more in terms of your personal, educational, or career goals?

  • Use a daily to-do list. This list helps you reach your goals and prioritize your daily tasks. As soon as you’ve completed a task, check it off your list. If you like keeping things on your computer, check out Remember The Milk, a free online to-do list.

  • Break down your study into chunks. Estimate how much time you need to complete the task. Don’t try to do it all at once. Break it down so it’s doable and not so overwhelming. Stay up to date on assignments to help avoid overload.

  • Recognize that you don’t have to be perfect. Some people are so afraid that they won’t perform perfectly that they don’t do anything at all. Make sure you understand your goals. Then evaluate how important your study is and what level of performance is acceptable to you. Then just do it!

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  • Make study enjoyable. Work on this task first, while you have more energy. Reward yourself when you check tasks off your daily to-do list.

You’re only human, so you probably gravitate toward studying the subject areas that you have an interest in or that you’re good at. If you’re an avid reader, don’t spend too much of your time studying reading comprehension. On the other hand, if you had a hard time in math in high school, you’ll want to spend extra time brushing up on your arithmetic skills.