How to make a Study Time-table

The most valuable resource of a student is time. A student should understand the value of time in order to become a brilliant student. He should know how to use his time productively. A time-table is a tool that helps students utilize their time properly and keeps them on the right track towards their academic goals. Without a timetable, students are likely to waste much of their precious time. The timetable helps students manage their time for studies as well as other activities of life such as their hobbies and games. It helps students give every task proper time in a balanced style. It prioritizes your study activities and tells you when to do them and how much to do.

A timetable is important for achieving academic goals. Therefore, students must make a timetable for them and should follow it. The timetable should be workable and easy to follow as well as it should help you make best of the available time. This means that a student should adopt the correct method of making a timetable.

Let me tell you stepwise about the correct method of making a useful timetable.  

  Write down the names of common activities that you do daily

Make a list of all activities that you do in your routine. It should include your study activities as well as other activities of life such as playing a game, listening to music, and sleeping, etc. Write down them on paper to have a clear view of them.

  Write down the names of subjects or books that are included in your course

Every student has several books included in their academic course which they have to study and prepare for the exam. These are the books which you are taught by your teachers in your school or college. Write down the names of these books or subjects on paper.

  Calculate the time that you have other than the time for college or school and sleep

Attending classes at school or college is a part of student life. Every student takes his class lectures on a daily basis. When he comes home back from school or college, he has free time to do different things until he sleeps in the night. The timetable is generally made for this duration of time. Therefore, for making a timetable, you should calculate how much free time do you have other than your school (or college) time as well as sleep time.

Suppose a student comes home from school or college at 2 PM (in the afternoon) and sleep at 12 AM in the night. The time duration between 2 PM and 12 AM is 10 hours. This is the available time, for which, the student has to make a timetable.

  Allocate time to each subject and other common activities

Once you calculate the available time, the next step is to divide this available time on your subjects and other activities (e.g., games for refreshment). This allocation of time to each subject or book should be done very carefully to have the best timetable. Read the following points:
  1. Some subjects require more time than others. Therefore, allocate time to each subject based on its length (in terms of topics, lessons or chapters) and the ease or difficulty to study and understand it.
  2. Some subjects require more attention and concentration than others. For instance, the difficult subjects. Such subjects should be assigned those hours of the day when you feel relax and able to study them with full concentration and attention.
  3. Easy subjects may be assigned time in the late hours (in the night) because, at the night, you may feel a bit tired and would not be able to fully concentrate. Therefore, it would be good to study easy subjects at night.
  4. At some places between the subjects, allocate some time for refreshment activities such as physical exercise or playing a game. They refresh your mind for continuing your study.
  5. Allocate times to all activities in a way so that your timetable is workable, and you can easily follow it.

  Write your timetable on a paper

Take white paper. Draw a table having two columns and several rows. In the first column, write the times allocated to each subject or activity. In the second column, write the names of the subjects or activities. The name of each subject and its time should be in the same line (or row) of the table so you can easily see which time is for which subject. Your timetable is ready.

This would be a common timetable that you will follow each day. However, if you want to make different timetables for different days of the week, you can simply add more columns to this table; and each column will have a different arrangement of subjects for different days.

  Paste your timetable on a wall in your study place

After making a good timetable for yourself, it is better to paste it on a wall in your study place rather than keeping in a drawer or cupboard. It should be on the wall all the time so you can easily see it. Similarly, when it is on the wall, it will also reflect as a reminder for you to remind you that you have to follow a timetable and would thus, help you utilize your time productively.