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Study Plan

Designing a Study Plan [edit]

It is better to spread work out over most days of the week rather than do a lot of hours on only two or three days. This helps you to remain in control of your work load so that you will not be overwhelmed by too much work in short periods of time.

Try and be consistent in your approach to homework by blocking out a set time each day for this purpose. Regular study times will help you settle down to study quickly and consequently less time will be wasted.

Some hints of how best to establish these regular study times: [edit]

You are encouraged to enjoy a social life, play sport and take part-time work but the key is to balance these aspects of your life with effective study. The best way to do this is to draw up a study plan or chart.

When drawing up a study program you need to take into account what you normally do each day between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. Having done this fill in the chart according to the following steps:

Step One:
Step Two:
Step Three:

Fill in the time you spend at school together with time you spend traveling to and from school.
Fill in the time you normally have meals.
Fill in all regular scheduled personal activities such as club and sporting activities, part-time employment and any regular recreational responsibilities.

Step Four:
Step Five:
Step Six:

Fill in time committed to family responsibilities.
Fill in any special activities or favourite TV shows.
In the time left over, fill in the times you will be reserving for home study. If there is no time each day for proper mount of study, then something has to go.

You need to reserve periods on the weekend to do whatever you want without it being scheduled. For example, you could leave Friday nights and Saturdays open as a reward for sticking to your schedule throughout the week.

Organising your Study Time [edit]

Here are a few hints about how to most effectively use your designated study time:

  • Study the subjects you find hardest first. It makes no sense to leave the subjects that require the most concentration until last when you may be tired.
  • It is also wise to study your least like subjects before the ones that you like the most. It is nice to have something to look forward to in studying, just like anything else.
  • Breaks are essential for effective study. Ensure that you have at least five minutes break every hour or so. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Designing a Good Home-Study Space [edit]

Where you study and the conditions under which you study, have a considerable effect on how well you learn. The following factors should be taken into account when setting up a study area:

Proper Lighting [edit]

To reduce eye strain a centre ceiling light together with a low power desk lamp should be used.

Ventilation [edit]

Leave a window or door partly open to prevent yourself breathing stale air continuously. This will help prevent drowsiness.

Posture and furniture [edit]

As you will be spending plenty of time at your desk, a comfortable chair and a roomy table or desk are a high priority. Try to establish a sitting position in which you are not hunched, slumped or cramped in a chair.

Choice of Room [edit]

If possible use a private area of the house where distractions like telephones and background noise are kept to a minimum. A permanent study place is best and this should be an area reserved for study alone.

Distractions [edit]

Low volume music in the background may help some students study, although as soon as you find yourself actively listening to the music you know that your study is suffering. TV is far more disruptive to study as it supplies a visual distraction. It should be turned off when you are studying.