One of the important parts of studying is managing your time effectively. One common mistake is to try to create a tight schedule which doesn’t work, and then you feel very guilty about it. Sometime telling yourself that the schedule I made is not working is another common mistake. Thus, plan according to your schedules, your goals, your interest and your aptitudes rather than some standards format. Try to be realistic and honest with yourself while making study time table.
The following list will guide you through time management
- Think about when your brain works best – Morning, night or the middle of the afternoon. Plan your TTD (think to do) list accordingly. If you’re going to read difficult concepts for the first time, please don’t start at 10.00 pm unless you are a natural night owl. Do something less demanding there is less times – you can organize your notes, or write the next day’s TTD list.
- Schedule – Have a regular study time and study place each day. It will help you to put in study mode. BEFORE you start your study keep everything on your table that is required (like geometry box, books etc). It will save your time and you will not get distracted.
- Prioritize – Make a list of what you have to do and list it in order of importance. Schedule the important stuff first.
- Plan your sessions – Do the difficult stuff first as it will take more time and at the end of the sessions, when the time is short; you can take the easy topic.
- Take breaks – Don’t study longer than 50 minutes at a stretch. Use the other ten for snack or watch TV or take shower or play. It will refresh your body, mind and soul and help you to study for next hour.
- Avoid getting stuck – If you can’t figure out something, skip it, and get help later. But you cannot skip everything.
- Divide and conquer – Break your projects into smaller bits, and complete those bits one by one.
- Set Milestones – Set a target that by 50 minutes I will complete this chapter or by this week I will revise particular unit. Setting milestones help to manage the time and task better. You can also set rewards for reaching those milestones to motivate yourself.
- Reward yourself – The reward can be small, like treating yourself to some ice cream, or larger, like buying that new outfit that you wanted. It is not necessary that rewards must be monetary. You can rewards yourself by going to play some basketball with some friends at the park. Enjoy yourself when you pass a milestone, stick to your reward plans to make them more worth reaching.
- Review regularly – Regular reviewing benefits taking stock of the work done. Reviewing regularly monitor your progress at reasonable periods and make changes where necessary. If you find that you are consistently allotting more time than necessary to a specific chore, change your future schedule accordingly.
- Avoid distraction: Say “No!” to distractions – No matter how attractive they are unless it is important. It’s not a good idea to study with your cell phone on, even if it’s set to vibrate mode. As soon as you get a text, you’re going to look it and some notification is too tempting! Avoid the temptation altogether by shutting your devices off and even putting them in another room. Ask a friend or family member to hold onto your phone during your study session. The same goes for your computer and/or tablet, unless you’re using it to study.
- Ask yourself:
- How much time do I usually spend studying for this type of exam? What have been the results? (If you usually spend two hours and you are getting D’S grade, perhaps you need to reassess the time spent)
- What grade do I feel I can get?
- What special study do I have to do?
- Organize the material you need to study, pace yourself and check to see how much material you have covered in the first hour of review. How does this compare to what you have left to study?