How to design a study plan
The study plan or workplan It must include everything that refers to a good planning and structuring of the real time that you are going to dedicate to the study, taking into account the number of subjects, their difficulty and the time you have available.
You can use different organization and planning tools on-line like Google Calendar, Trello or Todoist.
Before starting to define your study plan, it is necessary set learning goals. Have some specific and measurable goals It is the first and most important step in your planning.
Consider all the activities you do in your day to day
Be realistic and take into account the time you spend on other activities like doing sports, being with your family or friends, eating or sleeping. You can reconsider the time spent on these activities based on your priorities.
Set a schedule dedicated to studying
Once you have defined those hours, point to the period of time that you will allocate on a daily or weekly basis to the content you want to learn. Specify which topics or units you will work on in that study session.
Remember that, although the study plan should be flexible, the goal is to fulfill it as much as possible.
Distribute the study hours during the week
You must bear in mind that in order for you to see an improvement in your academic results, it is better not focusing the study on a single day for a long period of time without breaksas the brain concentrates for a limited time.
To increase the efficiency in the study, it is recommended study on different days of the week and try to remember what you learned the day before.
In addition, some time management methods, such as Pomodoro technique, which try to divide time into activity and rest intervals, can help you increase productivity.
Update the study plan according to your needs
It is important that you keep in mind that the first schedule you make will not be the final one. As you test whether it fits all the content that you have to study and its level of difficulty, as well as the possible unforeseen events that may arise, you will be able to modify the planning to adjust it to your needs much more exactly.
Once you have your schedule created and you have thought about planning, you can start studying and you can do it more productively.
|Recommendations for developing a study plan|
If you distribute the time correctly, you will not have the pressure and nerves of the exam because you do not know all the syllabus. The day before the test can be a quiet time to review.
The problem that usually occurs when studying the last day is doing it in a superficial way without understanding the concepts well and memorizing more than understanding the subject. You will not have enough time to relate the ideas and make diagrams and / or concept maps to help you study. Also, if you spend more time studying on the last day, you will need to study without pausing between hours and you may end up saturated with information.
It is also not good to study until dawn, because that makes you sleep fewer hours and you are not sufficiently rested to answer questions, think, etc. As mentioned in the section on what you need to start studying, rest is essential.
In summary, it is better to study with enough foresight, and do not wait until the last minute to read the entire agenda. The important thing is to understand what you study and be calm in the hours before the exam.
Know in depth the techniques that will help you study, as well as how to study in a group or with the help of ICT.