- Create your timetable a week in advance
Sunday afternoon/evening is usually the best time to do this.
- Be specific
For example, on Monday at 5:30, don’t just timetable in ‘Maths’, specify what area in Maths you are going to study, i.e Algebra, and if you will be doing any specific tasks, such as an exam paper question.
- Give the appropriate time for each subject/task
As a general rule of thumb, 1.5-2 hours of study time is appropriate before taking a break (see next point).
- Factor in time for breaks
You can’t pour from an empty cup! You will burn yourself out if you don’t factor in time to take a break and grab a healthy(ish) snack. Food is fuel after all!
- Factor in time for extra-curricular activities and homework
If you go to soccer every Monday evening, make a note of it in your timetable. This will help you to allocate the correct amount of time to each subject area and you won’t feel guilty for not studying if you’ve planned in advance for it. It’s also important to give yourself enough time to do your homework in the evening too. In fact, putting 100% into your homework each night will really stand to you as it will help you to internalize important information that you are likely to need for tests and exams.
- Allow yourself some flexibility
It’s okay if you don’t get everything covered that you had planned. It’s bound to happen from time to time so don’t beat yourself up about it. Try to stick to the plan as much as possible but events/situations will pop up during the week which will throw all your well-made plans out the window and that’s okay. It’s also important to remember that some days you will feel more motivated than others so take some time off if and when you need it too.
Click here to download our fully customizable study timetable template: Study Timetable
Using Microsoft Excel, this timetable can be edited on your phone, tablet and laptop/desktop computer which not only saves on printing but is also good for the environment! Being able to colour code specific subject areas will allow you to see at a glance how much time you are giving to specific subjects and you will also be able to add rows/columns to increase the amount of study time.