- Nov 20, 2015
Again, this is very helpful and detailedHi guys,
Following from the discussion, above, please find a draft study timetable I set up as a (very) rough guide for how you might want to approach study these holidays. This is tailored to the way I learn obviously, so please disregard the following observations if you are different:
1. Only 2-3 subjects per week: I find that I can't follow too many trains of thought deeply at once. This intensified at uni, so now I would only study 2 max. Here, I have opted for an approach of 2 focus subjects, and a lighter, more cursory/introductory approach to the third subject (economics - reading and overviews only).
2. Detailed description of tasks: : As above, I don't just say '2 hours of maths' or 'probability', but aim to complete specific set tasks. (NB: always complete something, never finish half way - you want to be training your brain to achieve)
2.1: Where tasks not detailed, prescribe yourself hours: Where the goal is necessarily vaguer, such as completing a skeleton draft for an AoS, I set hours. Otherwise, if I hit road blocks it's too easy to give up. If I set hours, even if I don't progress much, at least I know I have dedicated sufficient time. Then, when I come fresh the next day, things might fall into place quickly (as they often do, when you have laid appropriate ground work)/.
3. Scheduled big events and school regulars : Anything that changes your daily free ability to execute tasks needs to be incorporated, realistically. Pretending you are going to get up after an 18th and clock your usual 8 hours or whatever is obviously unrealistic. Take breaks and make sure they are pencilled in. You need breaks anyway, and life will provide them with good events. If you know they are coming up, they are rewards to work towards. Likewise, with bottom of schedule, timely activities such as sports training etc which disrupt an otherwise free night need to be accounted for and worked around. Hopefully, unlike me, you don't lose your whole Saturday to cricket lol, but no doubt you have other commitments to account for.
4. Distribution of work: One thing I got really good over time was distributing my work load efficiently to set up rewards for achievement. You might notice that there is a subtle increase in workload leading up to events like 'COAST' or days off where you will be taking a break and having a great time. When you start off a week or from a break, it is unrealistic that you will do as much as when you have the momentum of a few days of work behind you. By building up to your biggest days right before breaks/parties etc, you will achieve quite a bit more and enjoy your time off.
5. Balance: As I said in (1), I try to balance more intensive subjects or high level tasks (e.g. trying to put together an essay much more exhausting than just rolling through maths exercises, even if it takes less actual hours). Subjects like economics, physics, chem etc are often more suited to consistent, relaxed effort. Whereas English, History etc might reward intense bursts of well-planned and resourced efforts to complete tasks, then a break.
Balance obviously extends broader than your subjects, but to your actual life as well. That's something only you can figure out.
Again, the most important part of planning for study is to make it suit YOU. Whatever your habits, preferences and upcoming events are, you can make something really effective for yourself if you put in appropriate, HONEST (as above), thought. Don't let anyone else tell you what or how to do your work; it's a genuine pleasure executing a really effective, tailored plan. So make that your priority.
As always, happy to take questions or provide elaborations.
Thanks and BUMP