Creating your detailed Study Schedule – And keeping it realistic
I’ve seen a handful of bloggers post a study schedule planner on their blogs or even on Pinterest. A lot of them are great; however I find that some of them lack the realistic portion of it all. Sure we’ve pretty all said “I’ll never get this done” or “I don’t have time” or my personal favourite “Here comes exam time, the days where I have no life whatsoever.” I’ve used this one once or twice, and by twice I mean about a thousand times. Until I actually got my priorities straight and discovered what managing my time really meant. Let’s face it, if Beyoncé can do all that she does and STILL rule the world, you can manage your personal-school-work balance.
These next steps may not work for you, and that’s totally fine, but they do work for me, and probably will for some of you.
Step 1 – Knowing your exam schedule
MID-TERMS: Check your syllabi. Every single syllabus will have all those dates marked. So take note of it in whatever planner system you use.
FINAL EXAMS: I know for our university, the exam schedule is up on the website in October and February, which is a whole 2 months before the exams even start. So write them down and keep looking about every two weeks to make sure that it hasn’t changed. Again, write these down in the planner system you use.
Step 2 – Create a typical week
This is the part where you’ll write down everything that you normally do in a week. I usually break my days down in 30 minute increments. Obviously add your classes, but also add your work hours and extra-curricular activities (dance, workouts, guitar lessons, etc.), add your normal sleeping hours, homework time, lunch hours, TV shows you usually watch (you’ll see why soon) and other responsibilities.
Step 3 – Know yourself
Probably the most crucial part when it comes to actually building your study schedule which I feel a lot of people forget to put emphasis on is to know yourself. Know when you’re most productive and the least.
For example, I know that I’m at my productivity peak from 10:30 am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm. Now, it doesn’t mean that I don’t retain information at other times of the day; it just means that I tend to be way more focused during those times. Knowing this is pretty much key to creating my study schedule because I’ll arrange my study sessions (as best as I can) according to those times.
I also know that I’m least productive from 8:30am to 10am and from 8pm to 10pm. This means, I get ready for my day in the morning and at night, I sit back, relax and get ready for bed.
Once you know all of this information, insert blocks that you will reserve for studying within your current weekly schedule
Step 4 – Setting your priorities
When you get closer to your exam dates, make sure that you set your priorities straight. That invitation for a shopping date with your friend or those three parties happening this weekend, they can be declined. If you really feel like focusing on something else for a little bit, choose an activity that will benefit you in one way or another.
I’d suggest to study according to which exams are coming up first and also allotting yourself more time on the subjects in which you have more difficulty.
Also, if you work part-time and feel like you need more time to concentrate on your studies , ask your boss for some time off.
There you have it guys! Like I said, this may not work for everyone, but I’m sure it will for some of you. It’s definitely a method in which you need to get yourself in gear and create some self-motivation.