TAKE TIME TO MAKE A GOOD STUDY TIME TABLE

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Organising your schedule to make time for the important things in life is not as easy as it sounds. Especially for students as there are so many things that need to be fit in to the schedule. But making a proper time table for studying is indispensable and keeps you on track on a regular basis and not only for the examination. It reduces stress while making us more efficient. In fact organising the workload has been found to have a positive effect on the mental health and physical well being too. However, be realistic while compiling a time table and do not plan beyond your capacity.  

 

Let us see how a good study time table for the examination can be framed.

a.     Decide a time for study when you have least disturbance. It could be morning, afternoon or evening or split over three different time period. It is important that the time you choose for studying should be relaxed and peaceful with not many people around. You should be able to concentrate well and not anticipate distractions.

b.     Next sit with your syllabus and pick out the subjects or topics that need more time and attention. Make a list of topics that are more important from the examination point of view and also focus on topics that you may be weak in or need to revise more.

c.      Begin with weekly targets and then break down into daily doses of studies. Plan ahead for birthdays and festivals so that you do not have to skip a day of studies and adjust later. It would be a good idea to keep weekend for notes, projects, revisions and to make up of lost time

d.     Make a weekly planner for studies and then place the subjects or topics in it. Prioritise the topics well and leave enough time for revision. Space out the topics so that you can cover more and have time to go through all topics. For example, if you have allocated Monday for Maths then repeat it again on Thursday. This leaves space for assimilation while giving you time for other subjects.

e.     Always leave time in your routine for the topics that were taught in class. Recapitulation with specific notes helps to make learning easy and longer lasting.

f.       Decide your study plan in terms of blocks of time. Divide the time in preferably two hour slots. If you are going to study for four hours, then the first slot can be for a particular subject and the second slot can be for another subject.

g.     Do take breaks but not too many. A 5-minute break after every hour of studying should be enough to relax and prepare you for the next hour. But taking a break after every fifteen minutes will distract you and waste time. During the break drink water, stretch your legs and eat a fruit if you are hungry. But do not play with your phone or watch television during this time.

h.     When the examination draws near, block in more time for relevant subjects. But be sure to have completed revising all the topics at least once so that during the days preceding the exam, you do not stress yourself out. The final days should be for recapitulating only and not for perusing fresh topics.

i.        Make the most of even short time periods like 30 minutes in the morning before you leave the house for a final look at the subject that is to be tested on that day. This is a good time to revise important points and formulae. Jot them down in advance.

Once your planner is ready, put it up in a place that you can refer to easily. You are more focussed when you have your study goals in front of you. 

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