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Best Time Table for Studies before an Exam

by Chetna Vasishth

This article will give you Best Time Table for Studies Before an Exam, 30 / 45 days before an exam or even 60 days before. Find out How Toppers Make Their Time Table which has everything packed in a day including exercise, healthy eating, a good nights sleep with a mid-day nap, time to catch up with friends as well as time to chill. Get the Best Study Time Table for Any Exam. Learn how to make time table for exam how to make study schedule

Before we get to the time table, let me address three quick questions that you might have –

  1. What to study

    1. Remember that 30-40% of the syllabus gets you 70% of the marks – Get these important topics from previous question papers or by looking at your own internal assessments, midterms, half yearly exams etc.
    2. Mark Key Points – Key words – look at marking schemes to look for keywords.

 

  1. When to study which topic –

    1. create an Exam study checklist / time line – so you don’t forget to revise anything.
    2. Take the important topics first, then take the detailed syllabus, course outline and create an exam calendar – write sub topics on various days.
    3. Break down the entire content into 30 / 45 / 60 days into milestones
    4. Use a planner, scheduler, app at hand – so you’re not worrying about stuff to do

 

  1. Where to Study

    1. Have a designated study space which is well equipped with all that you require – Keep your study place fixed and cleared of clutter – make sure there is natural light and it is free from distractions. For some people background music helps, for the others quiet spaces work.

 

And now the time table

5:30 am – wake up, wash your face, have two glasses of water and eat a fruit or a handful of dry fruits. This will not only give you nutrients, but also the sugar in the fruits will give your brain a burst of energy to start the day.

6am – Start your first study session. Take up the most challenging topic or difficult subject first thing in the morning. Mark Twain once said that you should ‘eat your frog’ the first thing in the morning. And the frog is the most important and daunting task.

This session should last till 8 am but do take a 10 minute break in the middle around 7 am to hydrate yourself, stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh air.

Once you complete this 2 hour session first thing in the morning, when your mind is fresh, and you have attacked the biggest monster in the pack, you will feel very productive and motivated the entire day.

8 am – wind up your books, keep them aside. Having a clean working space helps in keeping the mind calm. You have a 1.5 hour break. This is the time to hydrate, exercise and have a good breakfast with proteins and complex carbohydrates. A high protein breakfast is very important in keeping you healthy during these stressful days. So keep that muffin away, and reach out to the egg whites, milk, curd, sprouts, oats, dalia or a nutritious smoothie.

9:30 am – Sit down with a timer and solve a mock test. Preferably choose a different subject from the one you studied in the morning, to avoid mental fatigue. I have slotted 2 hours for this, but you can adjust the timing according to your own exam time. But sit like you would for an exam, without interruptions and solve the entire paper in one go in the allotted time. Once completed, put down your pen and get up, hydrate, eat some fruit or a healthy snack and take in some fresh air and chill.

12:30 – mark your test against the mark scheme and examine the areas where you went wrong. This activity is as important as taking the test. Looking at our mistakes and making a note of the areas that we need to revise once again is a winning practice.

 1:30 – Keep everything aside for now. It’s lunch time. Take a break, check your phone, have a good lunch, with a balance of green vegetables, proteins, curd, dal etc. Take a nap for 20 mins, since short mid-day naps are known to increase the alpha waves in the brain which are the best for productivity.

2:30 – This is the time when you are most sleepy and unproductive, so I suggest you take up Subject 3 and revise using mind maps, flash cards, tables, diagrams or online tools. This way you will actively interact and engage with the content and you won’t fall asleep on your books. However, this is the time to be careful of distractions. Turn off all notifications on your laptop when you are studying online content. See our 10 best scientific study tips here

This session should last till 4:30 pm but do take a 10-minute break in the middle around 3:30 to hydrate yourself, stretch your legs and give your eyes a break.

4:30 – take an hour long break. Take a healthy snack, with some greens and protein. Hydrate, out for a walk. Call a friend to clarify doubts or discuss some important points, catch up on social media if necessary

5:30 – take up a new subject or a new topic in the same subject to study for two hours with a 10 minute break in between. Study from your notes. See our best note taking methods here

7:30 pm – take a dinner break for an hour. Arrange your books, clear up the clutter.

8:30 pm – study a new topic or a new subject for 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break and then take up the last session of half an hour from 9:30 to 10 pm. It is important to use this last session to take up stuff that needs memorisation. When you learn important material just before going to bed, the sub conscious mind works on it and you remember it better in the long term

10 pm – bed time (have restful sleep for 7.5 hours at night)

Overall, this time table gives us the following

  1. Study time of 5 hours before lunch and 5 hours after lunch. This is the maximum that you should study in a day. I do understand that this might not be possible every single day. So on an average if you can maintain 7-8 hours every day for a month before the exams, that will work well.
  2. Sleep of 7.5 hours at night with a 20 minute nap in the day time
  3. Exercise in the morning and a walk in the evening
  4. Frequent breaks and
  5. Multiple subjects

If you go to school and / or college and have only half days free during the week, they try using this time table below

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