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Study Timetable Template to Help You Study Better
If you are just starting university, and you have never been responsible for yourself, then you will quickly realize that setting aside time to study is now your own responsibility.
Some people have no issue whatsoever in accomplishing this challenge. If you don't know where to start then you will be feeling lost. The amount of new information when you start university can be very overwhelming.
Start Studying as Soon as Possible
Once you have your class schedule, you can start designing your timetable. The following items need to be added to you timetable.
- Commuting times
- Work hours
- Study times
- Class times
- Family time
- Volunteering times
- Assignment times
Studying is a big part of going to university. Each course has different starting and finishing times. Some classes could start very early in the morning at 9:00am while others don't start till the afternoon. Your classes might not finish till 6:00pm that day.
If you have to travel a long distance to university then this cuts into the number of available hours you will have in a day.
It's important that you start planning a study schedule as early as possible.
While you might think you will have loads of time, a few months into university you could start to regret not doing any studying sooner.
Did you cram for exams?
Study Timetable Tips
Before you start planning your timetable, here are some things you need to consider.
- Check your class schedule for the semester
- Note the start and finish times of your classes
- Record due dates of assignments and dates of tests
- Note any family events
- Note your commute times
- Record your volunteering hours
- Record your work hours
- Record your commute times
- Record any breaks and meal times
Once you have a record of the hours you are unavailable you can put them into your schedule.
- Plan out your schedule on a large whiteboard wall planner which allows you to change your schedule as the week’s progress.
- Next create a seven day timetable with your available hours listed.
- Once you have filled in what you are doing for each hour for the whole week, you can see what hours you have available.
- Now use your free hours for studying.
- Don't forget to include breaks for lunch and dinner.
Designing Your Timetable
- When designing your timetable set out blocks of time. This could be thirty minutes, fifty minutes or sixty minutes.
- Use coloured markers to colour in the blocks of times you will be unavailable.
- Block out 2 or 3 hour intervals for each module.
- Take 5 or 10 minutes breaks between each block of time.
- Leave the periods you are free in white.
- Don't study continuously for five hours without a break; it won't do you any good because you will get tired and frustrated.
- Take 5 or 10 minute breaks before you start into the next block of study time. This will help refresh your brain.
Study Timetable Template
Do you only study on the night before the exam?
Moods Impacts Studying Time
Some of us will really need to push ourselves to sit down and study. If you aren't in the right frame of mind, then you will waste your time procrastinating. Here is how you can get motivated to focus on your studying.
- Find a room, close the door, sit down and focus on the task at hand.
- Don't spend 20 minutes wasting your time at the start of studying trying to figure out what it is you need to study.
- Check your course booklet to see what areas you need to focus on.
- Focus on your long term goal to help encourage you to get motivated
- Change a negative attitude to a positive.
Take a Record of the Areas you Have Studied
The study timetable is important to help kick start your studying. But don't forget to take account of the areas that you have studied each day.
One method that worked for me was to divide a notepad into sections for each class in my course. Here is what you can do.
- Get a notepad and divide it up into sections so each class has its own section. Each day record the date and the area you have studied for a class in it. This way you can see at a glance what it is you studied at any time for any module.
- Another method you could use is to put a number of sheets of paper in the front of each folder that holds your class notes and course work. Record here the date and topics you studied each day.
Whatever method you decide to use, they will both let you know what it is you have studied at any time.
If you record what you have studied by date, it will be harder to cross reference what you studied in each module.
Giant White Board Planner
If you have space in the room where you study, it might be worth investing in a giant whiteboard.
You can use this tool to help you plan out what you need to do on a week to week basis. Also it can help you see at a quick glance what you need to prioritise.
Don't Forget to Include Deadlines for Assignments
If you have class assignments due a few weeks into university, it's important that you account for these when designing your timetable. Set aside hours as soon as you get the assignment into your weekly study timetable. Don't forget to include into this the following areas.
- Account for research hours
- Account for draft rewrites
- Account for any meetings if it is a group assignment
- If you are in charge of editing it, you need to account for the hours it will take you to edit it
Persistents is the Key
Studying is a skill you will not learn overnight. You need to be constantly doing it to get good at it. But once you learn to get focused, you will find it easier.
Each person will have a different method that will work for them. The key is to find one that works for you.
If you have lots happening in your life it can be difficult to get focused at the beginning, but you will need to implement some method so you can pass your exams.
That's why a timetable can help give you direction as it allows you to focus on one thing at a time.
© 2014 Sp Greaney