Aristotle a Greek Philosopher and Scientist rightly said that ‘Well Begun is Half Done’. Yes, he is absolutely right! The work started well, always ends with a bang. Here in this article we are going to suggest you 4 easy steps to plan your studies. We believe that if you plan your studies well before your exam, you can considerably improve your results.
Before starting with the steps, remember that you are preparing a study plan and once you prepare it you must stick to it. If you can’t follow your plan then no matter you create it or not, it hardly makes any difference. So, if you prepare your study plan just follow it…and we are sure that SUCCESS WILL BE YOUR’S.
Let’s start with the steps…
How much you have to study
Before actually planning your studies first write down how much you have to study for the exam. Get a rough idea of your total Syllabus, Subjects & Chapters. Getting a rough idea of total syllabus you have to cover for your exam will make your Goal crystal clear. Clear idea of your syllabus will allow you to focus on important topics and leave unimportant ones.
How much time you have for your studies
After getting an estimate of your whole syllabus, now write down how much time you have for your studies. Mark the probable date of exam on calendar and get an estimate of total time available for your studies till the date of your final exam.
Let’s say, the probable date of your exam is after 3 months and you study for 6 Hours in a day. So, 30 Days x 3 Months = 90 Days, and as you study for 6 Hours in a day, you have 90 Days x 6 Hours = 540 Hours to cover the whole syllabus.
Now, from the total time you have calculated i.e, 540 Hours, minus 42 Hours (7 Days x 6 Hours = 42 Hours).
Note that you should finish your syllabus, at least a week before your exam date. So, while getting an estimate of your study time keep this point in mind. Because, a week before your exam you should start revising the topics. That will make topics much clear in your mind. If you need more time for revision, it’s up to you.
So, after making the total time less by 42 hours you have now 498 Hours for studies.
We hope it’s clear now! So, let’s switch on to the next step.
How you are going to cover all the topics
Now it’s time to actually plan your studies. You have everything with you, estimate of total syllabus, total time available, your Goal is clear, and now you just need to plan to achieve your GOAL.
This is the time when a very important question arises that, ‘how you are going to cover the whole syllabus before the date of your final exam?’ If you start your studies well with the start of your session, this question should not arise. But, if you are late, DON’T WORRY! Still you can plan and do well in the exam.
First, start with the syllabus. Divide your whole syllabus into small divisions, like, Very Important, Important, Less Important & Unimportant. You can add more divisions like Lengthy Topics, Hard Topics, Easy Topics etc. It’s all up to you how you divide your syllabus. Just make it simple to understand. Set your mind that you have to cover those topics with ‘Very important & important’ tags first. Don’t even think to leave those topics because most of the questions in your exam may come from them. Focus more on Very Important and Important topics. You can leave Unimportant Topics if you don’t have that much time to cover them.
Allot Time to each division
Secondly, allot time to all the divisions. Now it depends on your understanding and your grasping power. Those topics you feel are easy to understand, you can allot small segment of time to such topics. Allot more time to Hard and Very Important topics.
Make a Time Table
This is the most crucial step. Making a time table will help you stick to the Plan and eventually it will help to achieve your Goal. Make sure that the time table you make should not be so tightly scheduled that you would not get time for your daily activities. It should be so flexible that if necessary you can change it according to your convenience.
Note few things while preparing a time table:
Consider your daily activities while preparing your study plan or time table. Give enough time to your family and friends. If you are working, make sure that you get enough rest after your working hours. Always remember that study becomes boring if we start it with a tired mind. So always keep time to refresh your mind.
After checking your daily routine, make a search for empty spaces. By empty spaces we mean, those time blocks which you can allot to your study. Keep it in mind that you have already calculated your estimated time and now you are going to follow it. So, you have to study for at least that much of time you have just calculated.
Find the time suitable for your study. Don’t force yourself to study more than your capacity. If you can study only for 6 hours a day and not more than that, then plan your time table accordingly. If you will force yourself to study more, you will lose your concentration and most probably you will just waste your time.
This is all we can suggest you for your study plan. If you have more suggestion you are always welcome. You can comment in the comment box right below the article. Do comment and let us know how you like the article. Best luck!