Study timetable can solve all your problems. If you have ever noticed that you have no time left to write an essay or to visit some of the planned classes, it means that you do not know how to write a study timetable that will become a schedule for your activities.
A timetable is a thing that can change your life for better within a few days without affecting your university or job, place where you live, your finances, and people who surround you. This thing seems to be so small and unexpected, but at the same time so common in your everyday life, that you can be rather surprised to discover how it really works. Perhaps, you will not even believe us. But once you try to implement it regularly, you will notice that changes come faster than you could ever think. So, are you ready to give a try to the timetable?
Student life is full of things that you need to do right here and now. Your major, other subjects, additional classes, tutoring, sports, and, of course, having fun with friends. You try to do everything possible to include all these things into your life and lose nothing. However, after a month or two of such intense life, you start to notice that you do not enjoy your student life, you just suffer. You do not have enough time to study and to have fun.
Moreover, you notice that you have no time to combine studying of several subjects. You have enough time to do some research for a couple of courses, but it is not enough to be a successful student. You start to sacrifice your sleep just to write an essay on time. But does it actually work for you? Unfortunately, this is a one-time solution to the problem. If you are lack time, you need to start working on your study timetable.
Part 1. Timetable basics
First, let us understand what a timetable is and why you need it. Study timetable is a schedule of your educational activities that include visiting classes, doing research, preparing homework, reading, etc. However, in order to create a good schedule, you need to be well-prepared. Let us analyze what you need to do before you start to write it.
Determine your responsibilities
The list of your everyday responsibilities can include multiple things. Besides, you have some weekly and monthly responsibilities that you do only once or twice a week or month correspondingly. You need to recall all those things to be able to write a good timetable. Put them into a checklist and look through them every time you write a timetable.
Recall your activities
How many classes and extra classes do you have every week? You need to remember all of them to put them into the timetable. Later, you will try to find a way to combine these activities and your responsibilities.
Choose a format
Before creating a timetable, you need to decide on its format. How will it be easier for you to present information? Would you like to take this timetable with you or is it enough for you to have it at home? You can create a file on your laptop and share it on the clouds to always have an access to it. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your timetable updated all the time and make changes at once when you need them.
Part 2. How to fill your timetable
After you have prepared the basics for your timetable, the time to fill it comes. Of course, you need to do that correctly in order to get an effective schedule for your further activities.
Set up your studying periods
As we learn how to write a study timetable, the first thing we need to do is to write down the time when we have classes. This is the part that cannot change unless you can ask someone at the university or college to change the time for your classes (some students have this power indeed). However, we think that you should just remember that these periods are unavailable for other activities.
Set time for home assignments
Homework is another essential part of your studying. You need to have enough time to spend on your education at home. Reserve a couple of hours per day for your home study. Pay attention that some students need more time for that! If you have noticed that 2 hours is not enough for you, check your timetable and fix it.
Set time for self-education
Homework is the studying process that you do for the professors at the university or college, and self-education is the studying process that you do for yourself. Reserve another hour or two for your self-study. Thus, you will have time for writing your college application essay if you are still in high school, or for reading some books if you need to get ready for a final.
Do not forget about pauses
Even the most intense timetable should include some time for having rest. We strongly recommend that you have at least 2 hours in total as a free time.
Part 3. Following the timetable
Writing a timetable that will work for you is rather time-consuming process. You need to try a couple of timetables to understand what works better. However, even the best timetable will be useless if you do not follow it.
Always stick to the main rule – follow the timetable that you’ve created. If you do not do that, perhaps, you have written a schedule that does not match your needs. Try to choose another time for home assignments or maybe move self-education to free days. For some people, it works better when they have an opportunity to devote 6-8 hours to self-education on Sunday than to spend an hour on it each day from Monday till Friday.
A timetable is the easiest and the most effective way to organize your work and develop a structure for your activities. When you know how much free time you have every day, you can estimate your studying process better and use free time for having fun with your friends or doing the research that you always wanted to do. Studying may become easier and less time-consuming indeed. Just try following the timetable, and you will notice that.
So, as you see, creating a study timetable is not that hard but the benefits you get from it are priceless. Follow the tips above in order to compose your own perfect schedule and don’t forget that it’s important to follow it otherwise it won’t work. You may share your suggestions about creating an effective timetable in the comments below. We hope, our tips will be useful to you and we wish you good luck!
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