Do you need to get organized? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all your coursework and daily activities? In this article, we will address the importance of having a Student Study Plan, how to draw one up and look at a few tools and resources available to you.
Why You Need A Study Plan
Time management is the most important aspect when it comes to studying, especially if you have a part-time job or other responsibilities such as taking care of a family, these are factors that you will have to include into your study plan. I personally found being a full-time student and trying to run a household very overwhelming but using a study plan helped me to organize my time more effectively and gave me clarity and focus. A study plan will help you to plan ahead so that you are prepared for classes and your daily life.
Each persons study plan will, of course, be different. Your study plan will become a big part of your life, it will help you develop a personal routine which you will utilize every day. If you have drawn up your plan well It will take you through the steps you need to tick off on a daily basis to make sure you stay on top of your coursework, it will also help you to prepare for your classes, tests and meet deadlines.
Do you tend to procrastinate? If your goals and tasks for the day are written in your study plan you will have more of an incentive to commit to them. Placing a tick next to your completed tasks will make you feel you are more in control especially if you have a lot of work to do. You will find writing everything down, that you can then check off as you complete, will make you feel at ease.
When you have your study plan in place you will have more focus and be able to maintain what you are learning much easier. You may also find you have more time on your hands to be a lot more productive.
Draw up your weekly study plan on one sheet of paper if possible so you can visualize your week ahead.
Draw Up Your Weekly Schedule
- At the start of the week write down the weekly goals that you would like to accomplish e.g. recite Quran after fajr, memorize dua on thankfulness.
- Write down all your classes, tests, exams scheduled for the week. You can also differentiate between each subject by highlighting with colours.
- Write down all your planned social appointments e.g. dentist appointments, swimming, visit mum etc
- Write down study free time, this will be when you to do homework, revision, prepare for assignments etc. Set a timer for these periods of study and make sure you take breaks.
- Take a break, give your brain a chance to recharge and relax, when you resume your studies you will feel a lot more settled and calm.
Tools & Resources
You will find endless tools and resources on the internet to help students plan and organize their work. I have put together a study plan if you would like a free copy please sign up below.
Digital Student Study Planners
GoConqr - They have a free online study planner that lets you better manage your time and prepare for future exams. Also, available as an App for mobile users.
MyStudyLife - Another digital Student Study Planner to help you organize your classes, tasks, exams. Also available as an App for mobile users.
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