To be successful in school, it is important to study. However, it can sometimes be difficult to divide your available time among all the subjects to be studied. This can be done easily by setting up a solid study program. However, it can turn out to be more complicated than you might imagine. You will need to prioritize certain topics and courses that you need to study while juggling the rest of your responsibilities, such as family, friends, or hobbies. However, if you think about it carefully and put in some effort, you will be able to create your schedule and be successful in school.
Part 1 of 3: Create the schedule
Step 1. Create short and long term goals for yourself
It's easier to manage your schedule when you have a goal to achieve, it helps determine the things you need to focus on.
- Short-term goals are for example a review in a week, complete a summary in 2 weeks, or memorize a presentation that will take place in 10 days. For this kind of project, divide your tasks into daily actions.
- Long-term goals, for example, are to enter a specific university, earn a degree, or find a specific internship or job. For this kind of project, divide the goal weekly or monthly, so you can better manage your activities.
- Precisely define the time you have to reach each goal. Write down the deadline and calculate how many days, weeks and months you have left. If for example your goal is to enter a university, what is the deadline for submitting your application or taking the entrance exam?
Step 2. Make a list of all the topics
The first step in creating your schedule is probably to make a list of the topics and courses you need to study for. By writing down your obligations, you will have a better idea of what you have to do. If you need to study for a particular exam, make a list of all your exams instead of your course list.
Step 3. Ask yourself what you need to do
Now that you've written down all the topics you need to study for, it's time to ask yourself what you need to do for each one. While the time needed and other obligations for a certain course may vary from week to week, there's a good chance that in the long run you will spend the same amount of time on these topics.
- If you have a study guide or textbook with review sections, you can use it to narrow down the list.
- Take some time to read.
- Also take time to review your notes.
- If you need to, you can also take some time to create study guides.
Step 4. Prioritize your list
Once you have made a list of the topics or exams that you need for your studies and you have thought about what you need to do for each of them, you can focus on your list. By ranking each of the points by importance, you will come to know which topics you need to spend more time on and which topics deserve more attention.
- Next to each topic or exam you need to study, place a number, starting with 1. For example, if you need to spend more time on math, put a 1 next to it. If you need less time for History and you have five topics on your list, put a 5.
- Take into account the difficulty of the subject or exam.
- Take into account the material you are going to have to read.
- Also take into account the revisions you are going to have to make.
Step 5. Divide the time available into blocks
Before getting started, you should consider how much time you have available for your studies and divide it into study blocks. Once you've done that, you can continue by assigning a topic to each block.
- Your goal in creating your schedule is to set up study times that will be the same every day so that you can memorize your schedule and remember it without checking it every day. By implementing this plan, you will develop good study habits.
- Think about times of the day or week when you still have time to study. For example, you are always free between 3 and 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. If possible, try to organize yourself to study during these times, as these kinds of habits could help you get into the right frame of mind faster.
- Organize your studies in blocks of 30 to 45 minutes. It's easier to find shorter blocks to fit into your schedule than larger blocks.
- Create blocks whenever you have free time.
- If you have free time before an exam, you can create a countdown schedule instead of a weekly schedule.
Step 6. Make time for the rest
When you organize the blocks for each subject that you need to study, you should also not forget to leave some free time for the rest, for example your family, friends, etc. You will not be able to find success in school if you do not create a healthy balance between your personal life and your school or university life.
- Set aside free time for events that can't be postponed like your grandmother's birthday, a family reunion, or a vet appointment for your dog.
- Also, save times when you have other commitments, such as swimming training, family outings or religious holidays.
- Also, give yourself plenty of time to rest, sleep, and exercise.
- If you have important exams for a limited period of time, you should consider postponing or simply canceling your extracurricular activities.
Step 7. Complete your study blocks
Once you've filled your schedule with blocks and know what to do, you can start filling the blocks. Write down all the topics you need to study for. This will help you not to get lost, create benchmarks for your study topics while allowing you to organize your textbooks and study materials in advance.
- Buy a schedule. You can also use a basic notebook.
- If you have these kinds of apps, you can also create your schedule on your smartphone.
- You will find applications in French on the Play Store.
- Prepare only a week in advance until you understand how your system works.
- Prioritize studies for upcoming exams. Divide the courses you need to study during the time period between you and the exam and spread your revisions over that time.
- Prioritize classes where you aren't doing as well or where you want to shine.
Part 2 of 3: Thinking About Your Schedule and Personality
Step 1. Think about your current schedule
The first step in creating a schedule is to assess your current system and how you are using your time right now. By thinking about it, you can get a better idea of how you are using your time, and you can identify areas where you can be more effective and activities that you should stop pursuing.
- Calculate your current number of weekly study hours.
- Calculate the number of weekly hours you spend at your leisure.
- Calculate the number of weekly hours you are spending with your family right now.
- Do some quick math to find out what you could do without. People often find that they spend a lot of time in their leisure time, so start there.
- If you have a job, you need to build your schedule around it.
Step 2. Consider your study style
While one of the most important things in setting up your schedule is how you spend your time, you also need to think about how you study. You will then be able to know if it is possible to overlap several activities. You can also think of new ways to use time that you don't normally use. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you have better hearing memory? You might start by listening to recorded lessons or other audio material while you drive or exercise.
- Do you have better visual memory? Could any pictures or videos help you study better? Try watching a video to learn and to relax.
Step 3. Think about your work ethic
Even if you set up an amazing schedule for yourself, it might not really help if you don't make a commitment to study. You should then spend some time thinking about your work ethic. Here is what you need to do.
- Organize your schedule based on optimal functioning. If you tend to lose focus and take frequent breaks, you should add extra time.
- If you know that you tend to put off what you have to do until the next day, you need to take extra time before the deadlines. This will give you a security period that will prevent you from missing your deadlines.
- If you know you have a strong work ethic, empower yourself to finish your job ahead of time. You could do this, for example, by establishing “bonus” periods that you can use to get ahead of your job.
Part 3 of 3: keep track of your schedule
Step 1. Make the most of your free time
One of the hardest things about setting up this kind of organization is that you are going to be tempted to stop following it and instead do something fun to relax you. However, you need to resist the temptation and make the most of the time off.
- See them as rewards.
- Use it to replenish your energy. A nap might even be useful. You could relax with a walk or a bit of yoga to refocus before returning to your studies.
- Go out. Use these free moments to get out of your study space.
Step 2. Take short breaks
You should not forget to take breaks during your study blocks. However, it could also cause some problems. One of the most important things to do to keep up with your schedule is to force yourself to stick to it and only take the breaks that you have allowed yourself. If you take extra or longer breaks, you will sabotage your organization and your plans for success.
- For each study block, take no more than a five to ten minute break. Never exceed this time.
- At the start of each break, you can also set an alarm to alert you when the break is over.
- Use it correctly. You have to use your break to clear your mind. Stretch, go for a walk, grab something to eat, or regain your strength while listening to music.
- Avoid distractions that will cause you to prolong your break.
Step 3. Follow your schedule
If you want your schedule to work, there aren't four hundred solutions: you have to follow it exactly. There is really no point in spending so much time organizing yourself if at the end of the day you don't follow through on your plans.
- Try to get into the habit of checking your calendar regularly, preferably every day. This will allow you to remember your goals.
- Once you get used to it, you might start to mentally associate certain things with your studies, like opening a textbook or sitting at the desk.
- Feel free to use an alarm on your phone to receive an alert reminding you that it's time to start or stop studying. This will allow you to stick to your schedule.
Step 4. Talk about your organization with others
Sometimes it might be difficult to stick to it because your loved ones might come and distract you. They don't do it with bad intentions, but simply because they want to hang out with you. To prevent this from happening, you need to tell them about your goals. That way, if they want to do something with you, they can organize it according to your schedule.
- You can hang a copy of your study guide on the home refrigerator for everyone to know.
- Also send a copy to your friends so they know when you are free.
- If any of them organize an activity during your study time, you can politely ask them to postpone it if possible.