Making a time table is a prelude to plan your day. For a school goer, it gives a sense of responsibility and for a parent it creates scope for adjustment.
- Regard the routine:
Start by listing the fixed commitments such as school hours, commute time, and any other fixed activities like sports practice or music lessons.
- Study Hours and choosing the subject:
Allocate specific time slots for daily study sessions. Consider the difficulty of subjects and schedule more challenging ones during peak concentration times.
3. Short breaks are important:
Breaks are crucial for maintaining focus. Schedule short breaks between study sessions to avoid burnout. Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique (25 minutes of focused work, followed by a 5-minute break).
4. Difficult subjects will need more time :
Prioritize subjects based on upcoming exams or assignments. Ensure that each subject gets adequate attention.
5. Include life skills and co- curricular activities :
If the student participates in extracurricular activities, allocate specific time slots for these. It’s important to strike a balance between academics and other interests.
6. End the evening well:
Plan an evening routine that includes dinner, relaxation, and preparation for the next day. Avoid scheduling intense study sessions close to bedtime.
7. Weekend Planning:
Break the monotony by changing the routine. Use outdoor activities, life skills and also a time to unwind
8. Flexible time tables are successful:
Flexibility is the need in a time table. This also includes changing the routine during exam time, a sport tournament or performance.
9. Use tools and apps :
Digital tools can send reminders and help with time management.
10. Include a range of activities for mental and physical fitness :
Ensure there is time for physical activity, proper meals, and sufficient sleep. A healthy lifestyle contributes to better concentration and overall well-being.
11. Have a goal but a realistic one:
Set realistic goals and avoid overloading the timetable. It’s important to have a balance between study and leisure to prevent burnout.