How to write a study timetable

To keep yourself on track :)
To keep yourself on track :)

Hello again everyone

This time, I am going to give you some hints and tips on how best to draft up your study timetable.

Please note - writing a study timetable will ensure that you keep you on track with your studies and revision.  Anyway, here’s how:


  • Aim to start your study timetable as soon as you possibly can.
  • Plan your timetable first, write down everything you do (job, classes, holidays, sporting events, social events, birthdays etc).
  • Download your course syllabus.
  • Decide when you study best (morning, afternoon or evening).
  • Decide on which format you want to use (calendar, spreadsheet, outlook calendar, app, paper etc).  See - for some ideas.
  • Use a grid format, with at least 7 squares across (Monday to Sunday).
  • Fill in your timetable with your exam dates and your current commitments first.
  • Review all of your study materials / text books.  Look at how many pages there are in each and break this down into workable chunks (we usually say that every 10 pages = 1 hour).
  • Tick off areas on your course syllabus, as and when you have studied them.
  • Make a note of any problem areas, as you go, so that you can schedule time to revisit same.
  • Make sure you factor in breaks and if you are studying multiple subjects, mix up the timetable, so that you do not get bored. 
  • Make your timetable bright and colourful, using different colours for each subject.
  • Don’t be afraid to tweak your timetable as you go through to suit your purposes better—life happens!
  • Be strict and keep to the timetable, as much as you can.  However, don’t beat yourself up if real life invades and you go slightly off track, just try and make up for any missed time.
  • Attempt all mock exams / past papers / questions and factor these in to your timetable too.
  • Finally, remember to switch to question / exam practice in the month before your exam (even if you haven’t finished reviewing your study materials).  Most exams are generally very time pressured and you will need to be very used to getting down information, as quickly as you can.

Remember - As long as you have reviewed your subject, made concise notes and practised the test questions (under timed conditions) you stand a very good chance of passing your exam.

Here's some more resources to help you too:

Good luck and until next time.


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