How to plan your ideal STUDY SCHEDULE! | Science of Study #3 | Maddie Moate
How to Plan Your Studies
How much time do you have to invest in exam preparation and over how many days is that time spread? A student studying two hours each day for five days is in a different situation from a student studying ten hours the night before, although they are both investing the same amount of time. The second student will become fatigued, overloaded and stressed more easily, he or she will not have opportunities to consult with a tutor in problem areas as they arise. Breaking the work down into manageable pieces and spreading it over several days makes good sense and will help you to manage your studies more effectively.
Setting Up for Studying
Choose a good location to study.This place should be clean, quiet, well-lit, a cool temperature and away from all distractions, such as friends, television or the computer.
- Studying in a place similar to your exam environment might make you more comfortable during the test itself, as familiarity will help to reduce the fearsome feeling of testing.
- Always be certain to take everything with you that you will need to work, including books, lecture notes, past assignments, pens and pencils.
Making a Study Plan
Calculate the actual number of hours available in a day for studies.This is possible, if you list down all the activities you are performing from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. List the activity done in each slot of 30 minutes.Thus, arrive at the total number of hours available for studies. Work out the time available during week days as well as weekends.
Identify the levels of difficulty in understanding of all the subjects you are studying.Make the list of the subjects with descending order of time.
Allocate your available time for studies properly depending on the levels of difficulty.Make separate list for week days and weekends.
- Wastage of time should be minimum and maximum time should be used for studies. Eliminate/minimize any wastage of time. Keep around 30 or 60 minutes in week days for entertainment, sports and games etc.,which are not productive.
Include revision time as well as new learning.Revise the previous lessons. Redo past assignment problems and sample problems from the text, noting how techniques are used. If you cannot explain the reasoning behind a mathematical process, then you likely don't understand it fully.
Prepare a timetable/plan for studies as per above guidelines.Be honest in doing the planned work.
Studying According to the Plan
Stay on the plan.If you become stuck on a problem, clarify it .(You may take the help of your tutor).You might go over your allotted time and need to schedule more time for later. This is fine; your study plan is just a guideline, not an absolute. Catch up as soon as possible, and continue as planned.
Memorize major concepts.As you study, jot down items that you need to memorize and carry the list with you throughout the day. Review this material when you are caught standing in line or with time to spare between classes.
Selectively review your texts.Do not re-read your textbook; you have already done it once and to do so again would overload you. Review sections you have highlighted(underlined), any notes you made in the margins, formulae, definitions and chapter summaries.
Study in a chronological order.Begin your studies with the material from the first class and move forward in chronological order, spending only small amounts of time in low priority areas and more time in higher priority areas. This review will give you a stronger basis from which to master the more important material when you get to it. If you choose to study in chronological order, be careful to pace yourself so that you do not leave a critical study part to do the night before the exam
Monitor the work you have done.Check for anything you might have missed.
QuestionHow do I keep my mind from wandering to my friends, mobile, and WhatsApp when I am trying to study?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut your phone far away from you, in another room. Or you could even give it to a friend or family member to monitor it to prevent you from checking it for messages.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I include revision of old topics while studying new topics?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSet aside a few minutes at the start of every study session to review older material. Then, move on to the new material.Thanks!
QuestionIf stuck on something in my homework, should I spend time trying to clarify it or go on to the next question?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSpend some time trying to figure it out. If you find that you're not getting anyway and it's getting late, then move on to your other questions and return to that difficult one later if there's time.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I concentrate on my studies?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStudy in a place away from the things which tend to distract you. Set aside a time for study and in that time concentrate only in your work.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get a 90 in all of my subjects?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should study a lot to achieve that goal. Just relax and look at the material you need to achieve your goal and study hard for each test. Also, good sleep is very much needed.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I become motivated to study?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to find the reason why you are studying. Make a goal to complete in each study session. Have small breaks as rewards to look forward to. For more ideas, check the article on how to .Thanks!
QuestionHow do I plan my school work when I have a lot of it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSet aside time each day to work on your studies. List out all of your tasks and complete the most difficult ones first. Then, prioritize the rest of your work and focus on one task at a time to feel less overwhelmed.Thanks!
QuestionI have difficulty in geography. How should I plan for studying?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it is a difficult subject for you, ask your teacher for help. When you are studying on your own, divide all the topics into smaller chunks and take your time to memorize it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do when my parents disturb me, even after I have told them not to?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry going to your friend's house for a combined study. If possible, ask your friend's family member to check up on you in case you procrastinate.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I complete a syllabus in a short span?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to focus only on your studies. First, highlight important points and then learn them. Then, go on to the less important points. Then, if you get time, revise. Doing the important points first will make your exams easier.Thanks!
When you plan your study, what will it encourage?
I make the schedule but I'm not able to move with it?
I did set up a time table and I even go through the time table, but for assignments, projects I don't have time, what should I do?
How can I forget mobile? How to study?
Only 15 days left for my exam how can I utilize my time effectively?
- It’s also a good idea to keep some spare paper next to you while you’re studying so if you think of anything you need to do later you can write it down and put it out of your mind, then get on with the studying
- Before all this prepare a schedule which meets your needs.
- Planning more than one week in advance is ideal, especially when you have more than one exam to juggle.
- Be sincere in studying.
- Work hard.
- Do your best to achieve your goal.
- Learn things by heart with full concentration will help you study better.
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