Study Tip: Creating a Study Plan
Before reading this blog post make sure that you have watched the Lee Tutorials Youtube video on how to create a study plan and how to stick to it. (link)
Materials Needed to Create the Study Plan:
- The Lee Tutorials Study Plan Template available here: (Lee Tutorials Study Timetable Template)
- A pencil and piece of paper
- Your school timetable
1: Print the Study Plan Template (Lee Tutorials Study Timetable Template).
2. Write out a list of your subjects, with the first subject being the subject you find most difficult. The last subject on this list should be the subject you perform best in.
3. Decide which Study Session you want to appoint to a particular day/subject and how many Study Sessions you want to allocate to each subject. Week one of the Study Plan should have at least ten sessions throughout, that’s five session ones and five session twos. For the first week I suggest that you allocate at least two Study Sessions to the subjects you feel that you find most difficult. Allocate one Study Session to the subjects you feel you perform best in. These Study Sessions can be increased or decreased the following week depending on your circumstances.
4. Once you’ve decided which Study Sessions you’re using and the quantity ignored Study Sessions you want to allocate to each subject you must decide when to study each particular subject. For example, you might be someone who finds Maths difficult, therefore you may have allocated this subject two Study Sessions (one Study Session one (20 minutes) and one study session two (30 minutes)) for week one. I would suggest that you consult your school timetable while choosing what day to study a particular subject. For instance, if you have a double period of Maths on a Friday, try and plan a study session for the night before, that evening or the day after. This will allow you to avoid becoming disengaged with what you are studying and will also allow you to prepare/revise current class content. While planning the days you are going to study a particular subject you should take into consideration your life! If, for argument sake, you train or work on a particular day, plan your study schedule around these events. Anticipate the days you’re going to take off in advance and compensate these by allocating the remaining study sessions to a different day. This is one method that will help you to stick to your plan. For instance, you might work part-time on a Thursday evening after school. That’s fine, leave this evening free but compensate by allocating a Study Session to another day that week. Once you’ve chosen the days, subjects and Study Sessions, I’d advise that you draw a small box in each section. This will allow you to track your Study Sessions and will enable you to tick the box once you’ve the study session complete.
5. Having carefully generated your study plan you should try your best to stick to it. Follow the plan for one week and reassess its effectiveness on day seven. Come back to this website and print the Study Plan Timetable Template again. Look at the plan from week one and consider what needs to be altered for week two. As aforementioned, anticipate nights off, days you can’t study that week etc.
Below is an example of a completed Week One Lee Tutorials Study Plan, using ten study sessions:
By reassessing your study plan every week you are basically working your study into your lifestyle, not your lifestyle into your study plan! Study/life balance is key to remaining consistent when studying for an exam. The only way you will stick to your Study Plan is if its tailored to your lifestyle. A Study Plan doesn’t have to be a rigid timetable, it should be flexible and effective. You can decrease or increase the number of Study Sessions each week in accordance to school exams, pre exams, midterm breaks, long weekends etc.
This type of study, I believe, is the most realistic and profitable method. A goal orientated, time specific and tailored to your lifestyle study plan will be the easiest to follow and abide by. Too many students prepare unrealistic and rigid study plans which naturally leads to heightened levels of stress and anxiety. To avoid unnecessary self inflicted pressure, ensure that the study plan you create suits you. This study plan will help you in that endeavour.
Having said that, I totally understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Each student learns in a unique way. The Study Plan you are currently employing may very well be working for you, and if that is the case, I’d advise sticking to it.
*Please feel free to contact me via Instagram should you have any questions about this type of Study Plan.