As a student, creating an effective study time table is something that is required of you.. This helps you prepare ahead of the lecturer and creates way for easy digest of lectures while in class.
While some will be asking “what is a reading timetable? ” to others its a common thing everyone should know.. But I will go ahead to explain it so as to carry everyone along.. And also for the benefits of those that don’t know it.
What is a reading timetable and why is it necessary???
A reading timetable is a structured schedule that shows the period required for an individual to read a certain number of books.
While a reading timetable may differ slightly from a study timetable. They share the same similarities. The only difference is that a study timetable includes the period you attend classes, play, eat, sleep etc. A reading timetable is strictly for the period of time required to read a book.
Why is it necessary??
A reading timetable makes you able to read. It gives you this feeling that you have something to accomplish which you are yet to do. With a reading timetable, you can schedule the courses and topics you are to read and read them when the time comes without procrastination.
Studying is a very vital part of academic success. As the old saying goes…
“if you fail to prepare…. you prepare to fail”
By making a reading timetable, you will be preparing for success in your studies. Using a reading timetable also enables you to visualize what you are going to read for the day and across the week. Most importantly, preparing a reading timetable will ensure that you are always prepared for any upcoming exams or assessments.
Steps to make a perfect reading timetable.
1. Know your courses
It might be funny enough to tell you that 60% of students in Nigerian universities and polytechnics are not fully familiar with their course codes and course titles allocated to their department for as long as 4 weeks after resumption. As a serious student. You have to know all the course codes and course title of each course allocated to your department. This is the first step in creating your own reading timetable. Once you know your courses well, you can start creating your timetable for an effective reading.
2. Know the credit load allocated to each course.
As we all know, credit load can be used for course weighting and can also indicate hour of lectures and practical per week per semester. Knowing the credit load of all your courses will help you fix your priorities. That is knowing which course to focus more attention on.
3. Analyze each course.
Analyzing a course is knowing what the course is all about. The course outline and the aims and objectives of the course. Is the course familiar? Do I know these things? Have I heard it before? Or is it a totally new thing to me?. These are questions you need to ask yourself.. because it will also help you set priorities. As we move on. You will know why this is important.
4. Get a convenient time.
The next step is to get a convenient time. That is, a time that is Okey for you to read without distraction. From my last post on How to read and remember – Easy steps to passing exams. I made mention of some time frames which are 10:00pm to 12:00 am or 12:00am to 2:00am or even evening reading from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Its all about the time that is most convenient for you.
5. Draw your timetable
After the above steps has been accomplished successfully. Its time to make your reading timetable. Get a pen and paper with a ruler. Draw a table containing rows and column. In the first row, write days, course and time. Then, below days make a list of all the days of the week which includes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Then under courses.. Write the courses for each day and time.
But before that, you have to sort out the most important course from the other. This can be done using the credit unit of each course and its simplicity as discussed earlier. Courses with higher credit units are placed aside. Difficult courses or courses with totally new and strange topics are placed aside. Then simple courses are placed aside. If a course has high credit unit and is simple. Then its a plus to you because you won’t spend much time on that course. If a course with higher credit unit is difficult or totally new. It has to be first in line. After placing hard courses with higher credit unit, place hard courses with lower credit units then simple courses with higher credit unit and finally, simple courses with lower credit units.
After this. Divide the total number of courses by 7 which is number of days. That is seven days a week.. Eg: if you are doing 13 courses. 13/7 gives you 1 remainder 6.. That means one course for each day then extra one courses for any of the six days. So at the end we have two courses for 6 days and one course for a day. This step helps you know the number of courses you are to read each day. After this, place the hard courses in the days you have less activities and the simple courses in your busy days.. So you can easily revise after a very easy day. While you reserve the free days to the hard courses so they can be fully attended to without stress. After you have followed these steps.. Your time table is ready.. And here is the last step.
6. Stick to the timetable
Like I said earlier and also in the last post. Make your timetable your priority. On no account should a day pass without you obeying your timetable by reading the courses allocated for that day. Once you do this for two weeks, it becomes part of you and you will see yourself enjoying it. Is this post useful? Share this post to family and friends..
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