Like they say ‘a strategy even a great one does not implement itself’, a study plan in itself is nothing unless you actualize it. Happy studies.
Making a study schedule creates an organizational outline for study times and learning goals. However, creating a study program does not only help one become more organized, but it also inculcates the self-disciplinary attitude among students that will lead them into becoming a more responsible person.
Set your priorities
An effective schedule is the one in which you have allotted appropriate timings for each task. For example, if the assignment submission deadline is closing in and you are also required to prepare for the trig exams, then determine which of the either task is more time-consuming and what emphasis would they have over your final assessment. Then on the basis of such evaluation decide which task is more important, and which has the more probability of getting accomplished withing the stipulated time period. Only after such proper analysis should one design the schedule.
Maintain a record for each subject
Proper subject records are the best aid for designing an effective study schedule. Perpetuating with a record offers an practical approach for tracking your overall progress. Doing so would naturally lead to an organizational approach of studying. Moreover, the properly maintained records would invariably help you to clear your doubts or concerns about a specific subject, since, then you would have a complete list of the issues you have faced while studying.
Keep a calendar handy
It is important to use a calendar if you wish to create a foolproof study schedule. Mark out all the important dates like midterms, date of assignment submission, final examinations, etc. Afterwards, decide which subject should you complete first, and then allocate reasonable time-period for the same. By using calendar you can also keep track of the special occasions, and the days when you would not be able to pursue the regular study program.
Balance between flexibility and discipline
Consistency is the key when it comes to effective implementation of study plan. Try hard to never deviate from the set arrangement because a regular, set routine is far more productive to create a studying mindset. However, it is evident that balance is important in all the spheres of life and, studies is, definitely, not an exception to that precept. Maintain a healthy dose of flexibility in your schedule lest the task becomes too tedious for you. You may create two subsets of different subjects, that you may study each alternate week, you know for a change!
Add adequate time for breaks
This one is neither a brainer nor a secret. Everyone needs breaks, everyone knows about it. This has even been proved by a study that continual reading or writing may hamper one’s learning capacity. The rule applies more so on theoretical subjects. Moreover, it is not just your mind that needs some relaxing, your eyes too needs some rest from focused attention, so does your body, as sitting in the similar position for long hours is way too hazardous to health. Hence, it is not a choice, but a need to ameliorate your study schedule with sufficient break periods.