Making a Schedule
A weekly schedule.
- Get or make a weekly schedule that divides the days of the week into time slots. Start the schedule with the time you normally get up and end with the time you normally go to bed.
- Fill in fixed time commitments such as the times for classes and labs, travel, and paid employment. Then block in a reasonable amount of time for your more flexible commitments like meals, household responsibilities, social life, and so on. If possible, plan some “buffer slots” i.e., a few times left free that you can use as back-up time slots in case you have to shift your schedule around.
- Determine your study tasks for the week, such as doing assigned readings, reviewing notes after class, reviewing material on a regular basis, working on major assignments and projects, and preparing for quizzes/tests/exams. Slot study activities into specific times in your weekly schedule.
Monitor your weekly plan
Set aside time at the end of each week to reflect on how well your schedule worked.
Ask yourself, “Am I studying when I said I would? Did I meet all my goals?” If so, organize your schedule for the upcoming week. If not, ask yourself, “Why didn’t I meet my goals?”
- Did I set unrealistic goals?
- Did I waste time on trivial matters?
- Did I procrastinate and not do the tasks I said I would?
Modify your plan as needed.
If your study schedule wasn’t successful, fix the problem so that you can organize your schedule for the upcoming week and feel confident that you can make the best use of all your time.