In this digital world, It’s difficult to give meaningful time to our studies. We spend our whole day on useless and unnecessary things (social media, games, etc.) without realizing that it kills our time.
Therefore every student should know how to make a study timetable to use their time smartly.
A study timetable is an organized schedule that helps us to plan our study times, playtime, classes, and other necessities of life. It also saves our energy and keeps us focused on our goals.
In this article, I will give you step-by-step guidance on how topper students make their timetable for their studies. I achieved 92% marks on the 10th board exams by following the timetable that I made with this exact strategy.
7 Steps to make a timetable for study
Sometimes you sit to make a timetable but find it difficult to know where to start. And if somehow you make a study timetable we never follow it. Because it is not compatible with our routine and nature.
Your study timetable should be personalized based on your specific needs. To create your own study timetable that fits your life follow the steps below.
Step #1: Decide on a Paper
This is the first and the most important step of this list. Pick up the pen and paper.
Every person is unique with different abilities and nature. So, Do not copy anyone. Make a timetable according to your qualities and goals. Do not copy the timetable of your friend or any other.
Follow these steps to make a perfect timetable that fits your nature. Write everything on a paper like what are your goals, how much time you have, and how many hours you can study in a day.
When you write these things on a paper you get clarity. As a result, your stress decreases and you can easily schedule your time for study.
Now if you have picked up the pen and paper then let’s chump on to the other step.
Step #2: Describe what are your academic goals
Describe your goals. What do you want to achieve in the end? Maybe your goal is to do top in the final exam or maybe to only get the passing marks in the exams.
Now break these long-term goals into short goals which you would achieve on weekly basis. For example, preparation for an important test, completing the chapter of a particular subject, etc.
Also, write the deadline for every goal. And you should achieve your goals before that end date.
Step #3: Calculate how much time you have
Now calculate how much time you have to achieve your main goal. To effectively plan a study timetable, you need to have all your important dates written down on paper. It includes
- Monthly or weekly school tests
- Exam periods
- Application deadlines
- Important occasions (weddings, family reunions, Birthday, anniversaries, religious and national holidays)
- Other activities (part-time jobs, music festivals, sporting events, holidays, etc.)
After calculating this you will have a clear picture that how much time you have for your main goal. And these programs or festivals will not disturb your study timetable because you are already prepared for them.
Step #4: Decide how many hours you should study Every day
Write down your daily routine (School, chores, shower, dinner, sports time, sleep, etc) with time. Calculate how much time you spend on these activities daily and see how many hours are left for study.
If your daily routine leaves little room for studying, you may need to evaluate what you can cut back.
For example, if you spend two hours in sport or with your friends then cut it into one hour, or if you sleep 8 hours a day then reduce your sleep time to 6 hours a day.
So that, you can give meaningful time to your goal. According to the different studies, a student should spend at least 6 to 8 hours daily on their studies, if he wants to crack the final exam with good marks.
Step #5: Find out which is the perfect time to study for you
Find out which is the perfect time to study for you. At what time do you feel more active and more focused? Day or Night.
Some people prefer to study during day time. Because at day time the natural sunlight makes our brain active.
And some people like studying at night. Because there are zero distractions at night and you can focus on your studies.
But what time do you like to study day or night? At what time is your focus level at its peak? At what time you can study for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours without any distraction?
Not only the time but also decide the place where you can study without any distraction.
Step #6: Schedule Time for Breaks
Be sure to take brief breaks at regular intervals during your study session. Because if you cannot focus during long sessions then sitting at a study table for a long time is useless.
For this, you can use the Pomodoro technique. In the Pomodoro technique, you break your work session into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks.
During these breaks make sure that you get up from your study table and move
You can be stretched out, drink water or calm down your mind. This simple tip will keep your brain fresh during the study and help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
Step #7: Priorities your list
Now you have decided on your goals and figured out how much time you have to achieve these goals. Reflecting on your goals prioritize your list.
Plan out in which subject you have a gripe and which subject requires more effort and how many hours you should study every subject. So, that you can devote enough time to each subject.
In my case, On Sunday and Thursday, I study English and on Tuesday and Friday, I study Chemistry because I am weak in these subjects. While Monday for Biology, Wednesday for History, and Saturday for Physics are devoted.
By reading the above paragraphs you have learned how to make a timetable for study. Now let’s see the example of the learning timetable.
Example of the Perfect Timetable For Studies
I created my study timetable 3 months before my 10th final exams by keeping all the points in mind that I have told above. Following this timetable, I got 92% marks in my 10th board exams.
So, This is the perfect example of creating a study schedule for you. This strategy changed my life and I hope it will also help you in your studies.
|5:00 AM to 5:45 AM:-||Get up early, Say Fajar prayer and get ready for school.|
|5:45 AM to 6:45 Am:-||First study session, revise everything that you have studied the last night before.|
|6:45 AM to 7:00 AM:-||Have a healthy breakfast and go to school.|
|7:00 AM to 1:00 PM:-||School time|
|1:00 PM to 1:15 PM:-||Return from school.|
|1:15 PM to 1:30 PM:-||Take a shower in cold water. It makes smooth blood flow in our body and keeps us fresh & active.|
|1:30 PM to 2:00 PM:-||Say your Zohar prayer and do your lunch.|
|2:00 PM to 4:30 PM:-||Second study session|
|4:30 PM to 6:00 PM:-||Go to play outside, chill out with friends, and say the Asar prayer.|
|6:00 PM to 7:00 PM:-||Third study session|
|7:00 PM to 7:45 PM:-||Say Magrib prayer, get a light dinner, and spend time with your family.|
|7:45 PM to 8:45 PM:-||Fourth study session|
|8:45 PM to 9:15 PM:||Say Esha prayer|
|9:15 PM to 11:00 PM:–||Fifth study session|
|11:00 PM to 5:00 AM:-||Sleep time (take a good sleep)|
How to follow the Study timetable
Making a timetable is easy but time management can be challenging. Because making a timetable does not help us until we follow it properly.
It’s ok if you lose your focus in the starting days and don’t follow this plan. Because no one can achieve their goals on the first attempt. So, be confident and try again.
But at the end of the day check out your whole day’s activities. Does it according to your study timetable? If yes then good keep doing, or If not then figure out what are the causes due to which you don’t follow your plan.
It may be your friend, noise, mobile phone, etc. Whatever it is make sure the same thing doesn’t disturb you during your studies on next day.
After practicing this strategy for a few days you will definitely follow your study timetable without any hurdles.
Advantages of making a study timetable
Most of the students feel a lot stressed when two to three months are left for exams. Because they do not have any clear plan that how much time they should give to every subject.
Due to this they feel anxiety and keep procrastinating. A study timetable reduces your stress and avoids procrastination.
By a study timetable, we can track that how much time we spend on different activities. And it stops us from wasting time on other useless things.
It also saves our energy from thinking about what to do next. With the help of a study timetable, we have a clear path to our goals and we feel that our goals are not too far. Due to this our confidence level increases.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Here is the answer to some interesting questions that every student has in their mind.
1: How many hours a day is best to study?
It varies from person to person. Some students study 50-60 hours per week. Usually, a healthy study schedule should be 15-20 hours for a mid-term, and 20-30 for a final exam.
2: Is it possible to study 15 hours a day?
Yes, it is possible to study for 15 hours a day during exam time. But if you make it a habit it can damage your physical or mental health.
To avoid any critical situation you should get breaks in your study. In which you should take a good amount of sleep and concentrate on the quality instead of quantity.
3: What’s the best position to study?
Studying by sitting on a chair keeping your back erect and pressing slightly towards the chair is the best position to study.
Some students like studying lying in bed. But Researchers prove that studying in bed does not allow the proper blood flow to the brain. So, you should avoid this position.
By creating a timetable you have a clear vision of your abilities and your goals. During this process be honest and don’t overestimate yourself.
Be flexible with yourself. Don’t aim for such goals that are not possible to achieve. Like studying 15 hours a day or achieving 90% marks on a final exam by studying for a week only, etc.
Always keep tracking your progress. Stick with a timetable for 2 to 3 weeks. If this plan works then carry on. Or if doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.
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I introduce myself as Muhammad Tehseen, content writing expert, Video editor, and the founder of rtsbooks4u.com. I have been writing articles and blog content for online publications and companies for the past 4 years. My main goal is to influence people with my words. And help others to improve their lives.