Studying is hard, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be! A Study Timetable is definitely something you’ve heard of, and it makes Studying a whole lot easier.
Now, I have to admit, I prefer a loose timetable – something that doesn’t have exact timings and isn’t too strict, but I’ll dive deeper on that further down.
There are lots of ways you can make and use your timetable, and in this post we will be discussing the 3 things you must have in your study timetable, and how you can adapt it to work for you!
Lets start with those 3 not-so-obvious necessitates!
1 – Your School Timetable for your Study Timetable
Your school timetable plays a big role in how your Study Timetable should be set out. Your school timetable should tell you things that will make a difference in how you organise your studies, such as:
- What lessons you take
- You and I will not take the exact same lessons, depending on our schools, our ages, and what subjects we have chosen to do. This means we might not have the same number of subjects to revise for.
- What lessons you have on each day
- If you have PE, English, Religion, History and Science on Monday, and Geography, Science, Art, English and Drama on Tuesday, then why would you study Maths on Monday evening? It would make no sense.
- Start and End Times
- Different schools start and end at different times. For example, my school started at 8:45 and ended at 3:40 last year, however this year its been changed so that we start at 8:35 and end at 3:00. Not all of the schools in our area are doing this though. This means that my school finishes earlier than most in my area, meaning i have more time in the afternoons than other students.
- Afterschool clubs
- These determine what time you will get home at, and therefore how long you will have to study in the evening.
As you can probably tell, your school timetables and your school itself play a big role in your Study Timetable.
2 – Buffer Time
Buffer Time is a time where you can either have fun or you can catch up on any work you missed.
This is really important as it allows you to not stress about missing task. If you do miss a task, you don’t have to push your entire schedule back just to fit it in, instead you can forget about it and do it in your Buffer Time.
Buffer Time also acts as a reward. This is because if you finish all your work on time you can do whatever you want, but if you don’t then you have to do the work you haven’t finished.
3 – Fun Time
This is time completely set for fun you cannot do any work in this time. It is not a reward in any way. However it is necessary because burn out is not fun, trust me.
Without this time you could spend your whole life working and that would 100% lead to burn out.
Strict or Loose Study Timetable?
Now, back to what I said earlier. Strict or Loose?
Don’t get this wrong – just because it’s strict doesn’t mean it hasn’t got Buffer Time or Fun Time – it has.
The difference between Strict and Loose is that Loose timetables don’t contain strict blocks of time like Strict timetables do, instead they simply tell what you need to study on each day, and not for how long.
If you tend to have a lot of disruptions during the day (e.g. if you have younger siblings that constantly want you to play with them) it might be better to go with a loose timetable. However, if you find that you are always in control of how you spend your day you may find it easier to have a strict timetable.
Remember – some things that work for me may not work for you.
You could even do a timetable that is in the middle of Loose and Strict. For example, you could set certain times that you will study in but you are able to choose what and how you study instead of having that previously decided.
In your Study Timetable you will need :
- Reference from your School Timetable
- Buffer Time
- Fun Time
When creating your Timetable, you may want to consider if you want to have strict time blocks. If you don’t, you can just have suggestions about how you can spend you time.
STUDY SMARTER NOT HARDER
Thank you for Reading this quick post on Study Timetables.