What makes a good study timetable?
Proper planning and customization!
You can’t just follow a timetable made by someone else. Why? Because they have no idea of your commitments and schedules.
In order to make a good timetable for studying it is essential that you make it yourself.
This post is going to help you create the perfect revision timetable that will make you the topper!
It’s a bold claim, I know. But I will keep my word. You may want to refer to the study tips category for more such excellent content.
On we go!
Steps to Make a Study Timetable
Step 1: Make a list of your responsibilities.
Knowing your commitments can be a whole lot helpful while making your timetable.
This will make your aware of the time slots that you’ll be busy and therefore you’ll be able to avoid setting up those as your study time.
You might think that you can remember them and add them while preparing the timetable. But believe me that doesn’t work.
You’re more likely to miss out on your responsibilities if you don’t allow time to make a list of them.
So take a pen and paper and write down your list.
Later on, we’ll be using this to customize our timetable into a ‘more-likely-to-follow’ one.
Step 2: Collect all the information regarding your syllabus.
To make an effective timetable you need to understand the purpose of your syllabus and its essential elements.
Take your time to go through your entire syllabus and get an overall understanding of what you need to cover.
This will enable you to identify the amount of time required for each chapter and they can be added accordingly to your study timetable.
Step 3: Find your optimum time.
Some people like to learn at night, others at morning. Find what type of person you are:
- A Night Owl or
- An Early Bird
Knowing this will help you keep your peak active time as your study time thereby making you highly productive.
Another thing to note is that, do not avoid writing down your peak times if you know that there are other activities planned during that particular time.
Write them down as it’s essential to know your peak times.
Step 4: Pick between a long-term or a weekly timetable.
Timetables are of two types:
- Long-term timetable
- Weekly timetable.
Long-term timetable are best suited for those students who can plan things way ahead of their time.
If you want to make changes along, the best bet would be to choose a weekly timetable instead.
If you’re choosing to make a weekly timetable be sure to fill in schedules from your final goal of the week.
This process is called reverse engineering. This process deconstructs your end goal to identify the precise timetable needed to achieve them.
Step 5: Fill in your responsibilities.
Start adding in your commitments and responsibilities to your timetable accordingly.
You can identify your study time only by blocking out the time slots required by your commitments.
Step 6: Fill in your study time.
Now it’s time to pick your study time.
It is recommended to pick a study time having at least 2-4 consecutive hours. This will enable you to get into the ideal mood for studying.
Dedicate the most amount of time to the hardest subject.
Step 7: Decide when to take breaks.
We are not robots.
Therefore, it is essential to take a break to improve your productivity and refresh your mind.
Experts suggest to study for 45 minutes continuously and take a break of 15 minutes.
But we are all different, so take the time you need.
Step 8: Assign time for homework.
Homework consumes a huge chunk of our study time. Reserving some time for doing homework will ensure that you don’t waste your learning time on those chores.
Be sure to add slots for completing projects, assignments and other school chores.
Sample Study Timetable Template
Here’s an interesting video I found that helped me with this article:
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
- I am too lazy to keep up with my timetable. What should I do?
Self-confidence is the key to solving all your problems. If you feel too lazy to do something, watch some affirmations and motivational content to cheer you up. You may refer to our youtube channel for such amazing content.
Start rewarding yourself for small achievements you make. This will motivate you to stick to your timetable.
2. How do I solve sleeping problems while studying?
This is exactly why we set breaks. Do some light exercises while taking breaks. This will increase your oxygen circulation.
3. How to stop the urge to use mobile while studying?
Each of the subjects if learned properly has a lot more interesting stuff to offer than what mobile games can. Try to learn more about them.
Lock away your mobiles in another room while you sit for studying. Don’t forget to add in specific time slots for using smartphones as well.