How to make an effective study schedule for college students?

Preparing a time-table and a study schedule can be tough task after school as you are conditioned to have one prepared by teachers and parents. In college things change and suddenly you have to plan things all by yourself. This is when the need arises to create your own study time table for college exams.

Created On: Aug 30, 2018 18:29 IST
How to make an effective study schedule for college students?
How to make an effective study schedule for college students?

College years are one of the most happening phase of one's life. It's the time when almost everything has an element of fun attached to it. There a lot of responsibilities also that befall our shoulders but you can always trust a college student to come up with the most creative of solutions even in the most dire of situations. College life is the bridge that allows one to step from one phase of life into another that is from a carefree child to a responsible adult.


College is the phase where one learns professionalism and gains knowledge that would help them build a successful career and great life for himself in the later stages of life. If there is anything that college teaches you best it's multi-tasking and the art of prioritizing. However, during the exam times you can easily find students struggling to manage things and are often buried in books all day long. They hardly have time to take a break let alone consider indulging in some extra-curricular during exam season.  

So how can one better manage things during exam season and ensure that they are able to enjoy extra-curricular while at the same time devote proper time and focus to their academics. Well, one simple ways to achieve that balance is to make a proper study time table wherein you allot proper time and focus to both your academics and extra-curricular.

Identify Your Learning Style

The first step is to figure out the method that works best for you when it comes to learning new things or memorizing something that you already know. Different methods work best for different people like some people learn things better by writing them down, others prefer reciting while some others prefer listening to them and yet some prefer visual methods such as making flash cards and other such things. You need to figure what kind of learner you are. Some of you might also experience that one methods might work perfect for a particular subject but doesn't yield the same results in another subject. So, don't scrap of that method use it where its most effective and look for alternative learning methods in subject where you feel it's not doing you any good.

Set Realistic Study Goals

Although planning things in advance and sometimes even in an extensive manner is a great thing but still planning alone isn't going to take you anywhere. There are a lot of other things also that one needs to factor in. For example, a good planning can end up as complete waste unless and until you are able to execute that planning in an actual scenario. In short, good planning without a good execution is a complete waste of time and efforts. To ensure that this doesn't happen the first thing that you need to do is set realistic goals. Be aware of your capabilities and make a study time table based on that. Do not try to overdo things or over burden yourself and try to finish multiple tasks in a very short time period. For if you fail to achieve your targets you'll feel demotivated and that won't do any good for you. Set smaller goals, and allot a slightly more time window than you think you need for them. If you accomplish the task before time it would do wonders to boost your morale and keep you motivated.

Study on Regular basis

One of the major things that college students do wrong is to try and mug up everything during the exam season. Some open their text books and notes for the very first time a few days before the exam. While it may sound like something good because almost everyone around you is doing that, it is highly advised against. Try to make studies and revision a part of your daily tasks. Study throughout the year in small parts rather than mug up the entire syllabus at the last minute. Simple reason for that is when you try to memorize everything at the last minute and when you are studying them for the first time it all gets mixed up in your mind. You become more anxious, stressed and nervous thus, making you more prone to mistakes and leads to reduced concentration and focusing power.

Take breaks at regular intervals

You must have observed most students try to study for long hours in a single stretch. This is quite a common scenario during exam seasons. If asked why, they would simply state that it if they'd take breaks it would break their concentration. Which unfortunately is a common belief among most youngsters. However, time and again scientists and researchers have found in various studies that short breaks in regular timed intervals help us concentrate and focus better on task at hand. So take a 5 minutes break at every hour or so and go for a short walk or just stretch your legs or something. However, try and refrain from distracting activities such as checking your phone or watching TV and other such things that are likely to distract your focus from studies.

Define your ideal study space

The kind of environment that can be deemed an ideal study space for you would be something that would be inspired from your learning habits. For example, if you are visual leaner you would want to opt for a well lit room. Also, try to avoid places that are frequented by other people as their movements would be distracting and hamper your focus from studies. Assign a proper place and time whatever that be just ensure that its suitable to you and you can follow through with it in the long run. Make sure your surroundings are all clear of distractions. Keep your phones and other electronic items at some distance to ensure that you are not tempted to  check them again and again.

Track your Growth

Having made all these efforts would amount to nothing if the process is yielding no effective results for you. Hence, it is imperative that you track your progress and check it the method is doing any good to you or not. If you feel that something is not working try and analyze what the problem is and what is it that you are doing wrong, if anything. You can even make changes to the method based on your analysis and findings. For example, if the 5 minutes break is not enough for you, then you can make revisions as per your comfort level and needs.

To Conclude,

An effective study schedule is an integral part of your academics and if you work hard enough on it, you will experience less stress and resultantly increase your productivity. Hope you will found this article helpful. In case you have something to say, please feel free to pen down your thoughts in the comment box below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter at to stay updated with similar informative articles on college life and students.

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