Do you want to make your studying more efficient? Or improve your grades without feeling so rushed and overwhelmed? There is one really easy way to boost your studying skills literally overnight: Make a study schedule!

how to make a study schedule

Why make a study schedule?

  • You will know how much studying time you have
  • All your time will be used in the most effective way
  • You will feel more accountable for how you spend your time
  • Clashes between social life and studying will be a thing of the past
  • No more wasting time wondering what to do next
  • Your priorities will be clearer

Sitting down to make a study schedule can be pretty daunting. There’s so much to think about and so much studying to fit in. But now that you understand why to make one, here’s the process of getting started.

Step #1 — Preparing your study schedule

Start off by deciding how long you want to plan for. Don’t try and do more than a month in one go; things will change too much. A week is ideal – perhaps try planning every Sunday for the week ahead.

Now write down any appointments and obligations that you really can’t get out of. Classes, parties, anniversaries, lunch dates, and anything else that has a fixed place in your calendar.

Next, what else do you have to do every day? You’ll need to set aside time for sleeping, eating, commuting, socializing and relaxing. Don’t worry if it feels like you’re wasting time! It’s so important to keep yourself happy and healthy. Plus, with a great study plan, you’ll be more effective at working in shorter bursts.

SteP #2 — Choosing a study schedule format

Now you have to decide exactly how you’re going to put this study schedule together. But first things first, do you prefer pen and paper or digital?

Paper + Pen Schedule:

A pen and paper schedule is great because of the flexibility and personalization. It’s also useful for pinning on your wall or somewhere else you can’t miss it. Making your own so easy.

Just draw up a grid on a piece of paper, with the days of the week along the top and the times along the side. Include enough time to cover a full working day. Include evenings as well if that’s when you prefer to study. You’ll fill this in later.

digital SCHEDULE:

On the other hand, digital planners are much easier to update. They are also easy to carry around on your smartphone or laptop.
Here are a few app suggestions for making a digital study schedule:

  • Microsoft Excel (or Google Docs)
  • Google Calendar (or another calendar app, like Sunrise Calendar)
  • Trello
  • Evernote

Use your imagination to adapt whatever app you already use regularly – that will make you more likely to actually check the schedule!

SteP #3 — Filling in the study schedule

Start off by filling in everything I already mentioned – appointments, sleep time, eating time, etc. Now look at the time that’s left.

This is where the planning really starts. How many time slots do you have left for the week? And how many different subjects do you need to study? You’ll need to divide your subjects between the available time slots.

How you do this is up to you. The easiest way is just to divide them equally. If you have five subjects and twenty study hours, that’s four hours for each subject.

Of course, you might not want to study all your subjects for an equal length of time. If you feel very comfortable with a subject already, it might only need two of those twenty hours. If you’re struggling with something already, it might need six.

Adjust your study schedule so that it fits you personally!

What’s your favorite way to make a study schedule? Let us know in the comments below + don’t forget to check back next week for our bonus study schedule tips!

Meet The Guest Blogger, ISOBEL ROBERTSON:

“As if two history degrees weren’t enough, I am currently starting a PhD in medieval history. I love learning, and want to share all the tips and tricks I’ve picked up after years in college. Visit my blog at for advice on studying, time management, fashion, cooking, and anything else that I think fellow students might find useful.”

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