How can I organize an effective study timetable?
Study time-table is a very essential part of the effective study plan. It helps you:
1. To 1.create action plan.
2. To organize your work.
3. To set targets.
4. And to analyze your drawbacks.
So, as we have told you about “The science of revision” in our previous article. So this article will help you to create an effective study timetable.
Few things that are very essential while preparing the timetable are:
- Know when you’re free.
- Plan your timetable using two kinds of slots – free slots and fixed slots.
(i) Free slots are those slots whereby you may be down for something in school or have to go out (get groceries or stuff like that).
(ii) Fixed slots are slots whereby you need to do something which you determine beforehand regardless of most situations. As a general guide, free slots should take up a maximum of 40% of your timetable and should ideally exist on days only when you have school.
- Know how long your attention span is. If yours is exceptionally long, keep it capped at 2.5 hrs. After that, take a 30 minutes break and DO NOT do anything except for walking around or closing your eyes and resting. Do not attempt to play your console or stuff like that because it would only make you more stressed.
- Prepare your timetable in such a way that you always have around 8.5 hours of sleep irrespective of anything else. The extra 0.5 hrs is just a buffer for the initial stages of sleeping which do not really count for anything. Sleep is important and it should never be treated as a ‘bank of time’ which can be tapped into when you need to study for a test.
- In general, do not place more than 2 ‘study’ periods back to back. Remember to place at least a free slot in between.
During your study slots, remember to have 100% concentration in ONLY studies. Do not get any electronics in your room.
Here are tips for having a good concentration in studies:
- Find a suitable studying environment. Your bedroom or classroom isn’t always the best possible place. Find a nice, quiet place with a large, comfortable chair, like you’re sitting room, preferably without a television, a computer or a cell phone within your reach.
- Collect revision materials, such as pens, highlighters, rulers etc before you study. Do not plan to look for them in the middle of studying. It can be really distracting at times, so prepare everything you think you need.
- Collect suitable revision snacks. No energy drinks or coffee, because sooner or later, you will crash out. Cereal bars, fruit, and water are good, because they are simple and effective at releasing carbohydrates. However, don’t use food as a reward.
- Find a study partner. Pick someone who is sensible and focused like you are on the same task. Don’t always pick your best friend, as you may ruin both your concentrations by chitchatting. Having a study partner is a great idea, as you can bounce ideas off each other, and see things form a different perspective as yourself.
- Take short breaks. After 45 minutes of studying, take a 10 minute break and do something different, but get back to your studying after the break and the break shouldn’t be longer than 20 minutes.
- Don’t panic! When you panic, you make mistakes, so keep calm throughout. If you successfully planned your revision, you will have no need to panic when the exam looms. Take a deep breath, tell yourself “I can do this” and cool down.
- Minimize computer use. Especially the internet. You learn better when you write things out yourself. Also refrain from using your cell phone as you will be replying to texts every minute, which is very distracting.
- Get Motivated! If you do your revision well and prepare for the exam, you will do fine. Get to a point with your revision so you can enjoy the exam when it happens. Do not think that the exam is a big deal, think of it as something to challenge your learning.