Class 11 and Class 12 is the turning point that all the student will have to face in the course of their studies. It is the major juncture where students make major decisions on their future studies, and career. Students who want to crack competitive exams like – NEET, JEE, BITSAT etc must start prepping for the examinations with seriousness because unlike school life, this is the time where students must be ready to face new challenges and be prepared to face them.
The ambitious exams that the students aim to get through, requires persistence, discipline, strategy, focus and a proper goal. A time table to study is a must for 11th and 12th standard students as it helps them to prepare well for the exams.
Before creating a time table lets see what are the benefits of having a time table.
Why do you need to create a timetable?
Makes you organized – Be organized helps the student to deal with the chaos that comes during the exam time. From organizing books, to organizing the day, time table teaches how to cut a lot of clutter in the study room and also in the mind.
To set study goals – Time table helps in establishing goals/targets. Achieving each of these milestone motivates the mind to keep moving forward. When a time table is being made the student thinks in terms of milestones that has to be reached at the end of the day.
Clears mind – With time table in hand there is no scope for confusion as to what to study and when to study. It is like a map which shows the direction to proceed further.
To set priorities – Helps in prioritizing the subjects which in turn saves time for studies. Without priorities mind gets bogged down and restless.
It reduces stress – Regular studies helps in reducing stress and anxiety which is common during exams. Also, time table establishes a daily routine for learning.
Having read about the benefits of time table, it is now time to create a time table for yourself and start studying. But there are few points one must consider before making a time table.
What must be considered while preparing for the timetable?
It is easy to download a pre-written time table which is available online or a time table written by your friends or seniors. However, those are written according their preference which might not go well with you. Priorities may differ and time of studies may not be right for you. So, it is better to make a time table from the scratch based on your convenience, in this way you will be explore what your strengths and weakness are, and understand where you need to put more effort.
Important points to consider before creating a time table
Early morning studies – Though many prefer to study at night, early morning studies do have benefits. Human brain tend to be sharper in the morning after a good rejuvenating sleep at night. With no fatigue the mind will be more alert which helps to grasp new information.
Strategy – It is important to have a proper plan on how to study and what to study. An effective strategy aids in scoring well in the examination. How much one studies doesn’t matter but how well one studies always matter.
Customise – Each student will have his/her own strengths and weakness which means every student need not study according to a single generalised time table. Customize your time of study according to your needs and priorities. For example, if you are good at science but weak in maths then your time table must include maths as your first priority.
Minimum hours to study – It is good to dedicate at least 6 hours to study apart from the college hours. And there is no need to study continuously. Taking sufficient intervals while studying helps retain the interest without overwhelming the mind.
Syllabus – It is important to know the syllabus and prepare time table according to it covering all the topics included in the syllabus. Check the weightage given for each topic.
Clear goal – Your goal must be set according to the career you want to take up in the future, the marks required to qualify in the examination, and gain seat in professional studies. Have a vision towards what you want to accomplish. Without goal, your journey will have no proper direction.
Self assessment – Know your strengths and weakness and prepare your strategies such that the subject/topic you are weak in is addressed properly. It is necessary to know what is your strength in every subject so that you can set priorities according to that.
Equal time – Time catered to each subject must be equal. There must be time to study, revise, practice and solve questions sufficiently.
Have a break – Your mind must not be weighed down by studies so let your mind breathe at appropriate intervals so that you don’t feel bored or stressed.
Keep in mind that you must get enough sleep (about 7 to 8 hours) to have a fresh start in the morning. Eat healthy and keep yourself hydrated. Exercise regularly and involve yourself in extra curricular activities.