Ever looked at your child studying and wondered if they are putting in enough effort? Or thought about how much top students study? Hopefully I can answer your doubts with a sample of a timetable that my successful students follow.

Maximize Productivity

Timetables are essential especially in a busy student’s life as there are so many different activities happening in a day.With a timetable, it will help to organise and plan the student’s time well. This maximises efficiency and productivity and minimises wastage of time happening.

Increase Sense of Security

The timetable will also help students to feel secure as their revision plans are in place and this prevents students from feeling lost and stressed up. When students are aware what they have to do and how long it should take beforehand, it will keep students on task. Especially when an important examination is coming up, there will be a lot of different work to do such as practising the TYS, practising past year papers and planning tuition timings. Students will be rest assured that whatever they planned in the timetable will be fulfilled as long they stick to the timetable. Since a timetable can organise the activities of a student’s life, they will not have to worry about insufficient time to revise all of their subjects.

Prevent Work Accumulation

A timetable will prevent work from accumulating and being forgotten. As long the students follow a pre-planned revision schedule, they would be able to finish most of their plan. Doesn’t that sounds so much better than rushing through each day and trying to complete as much revision as possible without knowing if it is possible to finish studying all of the topics?

Weekly Timetable

However I would like to add in specifically that a weekly timetable will be better as there are a lot of students who tend to plan their timetable on a daily basis and they set unrealistic goals to finish as much syllabus as they can. However, it runs over their sleeping time and these students have insufficient sleep as they spend late nights studying.

A weekly timetable keeps students’ plan spread out and it becomes realistic goals that students can reach. Since the weekly timetable helps to spread time out wisely, students will be able to insert personal time such as spending time with friends or watching TV to relax. There would be no guilt in taking time away from studying as you know you are able to finish your revision plan with the help of sticking to the timetable.

After hearing all the benefits of a timetable, students often start to plan out a weekly timetable. However, there are common mistakes such as over-planning and being unrealistic in setting their goals. Or, some students actually fail to keep up with the timetable after 1-2 weeks as they lack of discipline. Hence, it is crucial that students keep to the timetable as 1-2 weeks of keeping to the timetable would not be sufficient to show results. The time after the 1-2 weeks are spent inefficiently and unproductively and it will not aid students in achieving their academic goals. Hence, students should be encouraged to force themselves to follow a realistic timetable to achieve the best effects of having an organised timetable.

Sample Timetable

This is just an example of how much your child should be studying during the holidays or weekends. Notice how much sleep and rest they get in between studying! It is not how much they student, but how well they study!

Time Activity Reasoning
830 Wake Up Wake up bright and early to get used to exam conditions as exams are usually in the morning!
845 Have Breakfast Eat some brain food that will boost memory and stay healthy.
900 Shower Refresh your mind and body and fully wake yourself up
930 Revise textbooks Ensure that you are equipped with the accurate knowledge before you start revising
1130 Short Break Take a short 15 mins break to recharge yourself and relax yourself
1145 Revise textbooks Ensure that you are equipped with the accurate knowledge before you start revising
1330 Lunch Eating will replenish your energy level with a moderate-sized meal. Starving will cause gaps in metabolism activity and reduce concentration levels
1430 Revision Exercises Reinforce your learning by testing your concepts by practising questions
1530 Short Nap Most students will feel post-lunch sleepiness or sleepiness from the heat. A short nap not longer than 20 mins and not shorter than 10 minutes should be taken to improve alertness forlater
1630 Revision Exercises Reinforce your learning by testing your concepts by practising questions
1900 Dinner Eat together with your family nutritious food for a healthy diet
2000 Tuition Clarify doubts accumulated from studying
2200 Revise work done during tuition Take the time out to digest what you have learnt during tuition to recap the learning and absorb the knowledge better
2230 Personal Time Take this time to rest and relax, spend time with your family and friends as we should not neglect our loved ones while studying!

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