1. List all the subjects you need to study:
The first step in creating your study schedule is to list all of the subjects and courses you need to study for. Putting your obligations on paper will help you get a better idea of what you really have to do. If you have specific exams to study for, list these instead of courses
2. Figure out what you need to do for each subject or exam:
You need to figure out what you need to do for each course. Reserve time for reading.
Reserve time for reviewing your notes.
Reserve time to create exam study guides, if you'll need them
3. Prioritize your list :
- Ranking each module according to order of importance this will help you figure out what subjects you need to devote the most time to and which subjects should get our best time slots. Put a number, starting with one, next to all of your modules. If you need the most time for math, give it a one. If you need the least time for Economics (and you have five subjects to study for), give it a five.
- Take into account difficulty of the subject or exam.
- Take into account the amount of reading you will need to do.
- Take into account the amount of reviewing you will need to do.
4.Divide your available time during the week into study blocks: Divide up your available time during the week into study blocks. The trick to creating a study schedule is to plan to study the same time every day in order for you to memorize without constantly checking.
5. Plan each study session:
Work out what you are expected to do for your exam dates. You then work backwards from the exam dates to create a basic work plan. On the student portal find exam dates. Schedule study sessions in 30 to 45 minute blocks. Create blocks for all of your available time. Block the days when you are writing the exam. Then create a reverse calendar ensuring that study times are balanced depending on the amount of work required per module. While blocking off time for each subject, you also need to make sure that you are reserving time for family, friends, and rest. Colour code your session. Colour coded schedules are often easier to see and follow. Don't create a schedule that is overly rigid or that isn't flexible enough to accommodate emergencies or conflicts that may arise
6. Review the plan when necessary:
This step is crucial. It is important to check whether the plan is working. Then identify the deviations between your planned schedule and your actual action. You need to then alter your schedule or your actions and revise your plan for better productivity.
Setting up a study schedule
Strategies to manage a study session-Work out how much time you can study each day.
-If you can stick to your plan, studying will be more productive.
-Have a period at the end of the day to reflect and evaluate to see if you are meeting your goals and expectations.
-You can make adjustments for things you need to concentrate on further by setting more time aside on days you have fewer social commitments.
-Depending on what time of the day your concentration is optimum then factor in the more demanding tasks there.
-As you progress through your reading, summarise what you read in your own words and create notes.
-Work on any learning activities you are expected to do.
-When it comes to revising, review your notes again and consider simplifying them further. Study one course at a time for no more than two hours.
-Doing mock questions will help you prepare for the actual exam itself and give you a sense of how to pace yourself against the clock. (look at sample exam questions in your study guides)