Right now, after reading your blog, I have an urge to make planner to improve myself, now I'm a freshman in high school, but I can't decide how many hours of study I need to do for a day. I have a total of 15 subjects that I need to study every week with a lot of homework for every subject. Could you give me some tips how to plan my time?
- The amount of recommended study varies between courses and level of education. It’s best to talk to your teachers to find out exactly how much revision you should be doing, but at high school, I think the general recommendation is 1-2 hours per hour spent in school. Just study until you have a general understanding of the topic.
- Prioritise. Do the homework that is due first, first, and recognise that more difficult tasks are going to need more time to complete. Here’s a document that will help you prioritise your tasks.
- Get a planner to organise your time. There’s a master post of planners here where you can see the pros and cons of the different styles.
- Create a timetable, detailing when you’re going to study and what you’re going to study. There’s a post here by studyandstuff about how to make a timetable.
- Not everyone likes planning their time out on paper; some people prefer using electronic planners. If you do, look at creating an online study planner like Examtime.
- Find out when important deadlines are and add them to your planner. Always be aware of when work is due in and allows yourself plenty of time to get it done.
- Do the most difficult work when your concentration is at it’s highest. Most people know if they’re a morning or an evening person; use this to your advantage. Here’s a quiz to find out what kind of person you are.
- Do easier tasks when your concentration is lower so that even in your lowly-attentive time, you’re still being productive.
- Remember to schedule in personal time. No one can study all the time, and if you try to, your health will suffer. Remember to take breaks and give yourself time to socialise as well.
- Be flexible. If you notice that a particular study pattern isn’t working well, don’t feel that you have to commit to it. Shake it up. It’s all about finding a system which works for you.