Learning on regular basis is a requirement if you want to succeed in any endeavor. You need to study consistently to improve your retention and also build on your knowledge. This becomes even more important if you want to pursue higher education. But how can you learn more effectively? The only way to achieve this is to have a well-planned and structured study schedule.
Reasons to create a study schedule
Planning is very important in all aspects of our lives. The probability of failing in an endeavor is much higher if you don’t plan. Planning makes your life much easier as you know the time to do what and when. Some students believe having a plan for their daily life restricts them and curtail their freedom. On the contrary, having a schedule for your daily activities makes you free and have peace of mind.
Planning always frees you from having to make spontaneous decisions about what to do at a particular time. If you have a study schedule, you wouldn’t worry about which subject to study next in your free time.
In creating a study schedule you consider your school’s timetable for all your courses and integrate them with yours. You then place each subject in a way that there is no clash. With this, you are always able to learn before attending a lecture. It helps you to contribute effectively in class and it makes reinforcing knowledge easier. That aside, you can prepare to ask questions on whatever you didn’t understand during your studies.
Having a schedule prevents you from wasting your time. You wouldn’t use your study time to engage in fruitless activities.
However, you should know that planning alone is not enough. You should back it with action, i.e. work, commitment, and dedication to your set goals.
How much time do you need to study?
- Put your courses into category, light, average, or difficult.
- You now have to write all the credit hours of the courses in the various categories. Afterward, multiply each credit by.
Light X 2 = Average X 3 = Difficult X 4 =
- The figure you get is the average amount of study time required for each course weekly.
- Add all the hours and you will get the recommended hours of study per week.
What to put in a study schedule?
- The constant activities in the week must be given a place first before others. That is class time, mealtime, group meetings, and other social activities should be given priority.
- At your bird time
- Fill in personal study times and days for every course.
- Have a “me time,” during which you can concentrate on yourself.
- Be realistic in your plan and goal.