Steps to Success – Step Four!
Set Up a Schedule
Scheduling is another important step that many students skip.
They often feel that study time will just happen organically or whenever the teacher assigns something.
Nothing could be further from the truth if you are really going to commit to learning more and doing better.
Having a consistent plan is key. It helps you to stay on track. If you know that your study time is 7 to 9 pm each night – five nights a week, then you will be mentally prepared to follow through.
Knowing the plan reduces the pain point considerably!
So set up a schedule for study time.
Learning, of course, can happen at any time, but you should set aside specific hours that are dedicated solely to study.
The amount of time will vary depending on the age and skill level of the student and what he or she is studying.
For a grade school student, ½ hour to 1 hour per day – four to five days a week.
For a high school student 1 ½ to 2 hours per day – four to five days a week.
College, University, or personal development students are different. In many cases most of your hours are independent, so you will need to generate a plan based on many factors.
The important point is to give yourself enough time to absorb the material, practise the steps, and review – frequently.
Once you have set up a schedule and begin to “work it,” you will find yourself remembering more, asking yourself more questions, and both broadening and deepening your understanding.
It is incredible what a consistent approach can do, and scheduling helps you to reach that goal.
Here is your next step:
1. Create a schedule. You can use any calendar or planner you like, but write down your schedule. Which days and what times can you fully commit to sitting down and focusing on your studies.
At least at the beginning, it is a good idea to make a checkmark beside the days on which you fulfilled your plan.
2.Begin to implement your plan right away. Do not cheat yourself.
(If you do get off track, reassess, change the schedule if necessary, and get back on track as soon as possible).
Let me know how you are doing. Until next time, have fun learning.
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