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How to Make a Study Timetable

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 2 Aug 2016 | comments*Discuss
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This article looks at how home schooling students and their parents can put together a home study timetable, which can help to create a feeling of organised study as well as helping students to succeed at achieving good grades and exam results if studying for a qualification.

What are the Objectives of a Study Timetable?

A study timetable can help students to feel in control of his or her studies, especially when a full curriculum and a limited period of time (before, say, an exam date or a scheduled visit to an exhibition where material needs to be covered first) could potentially create a stressful studying environment. Study timetables can help students to make a plan for their education and to stay on track with those plans, as well as helping home schooled students and their families to make the most of their time, fitting in lots of other activities, be they extra-curricular, chores or socialising, into the day.

Drawing Up a Study Timetable

Some students like to buy academic diaries for this purpose. If so, these are usually readily available in high street stores around September time, the start of the year in mainstream schooling, and should be available online at other times too. Otherwise, students can create their own study timetable using a piece of plain paper, or using desk top processing tools on the computer.

Start by drawing a table with several columns, the exact number depending on the days and times you want to break your study timetable into. A five-day timetable would have five columns, for example. List the days, or hours, or weeks, whatever time period you're using, at the top, then break the table down into rows for the smaller divide of each time period, e.g. hour time blocks. Most students leave small breaks in between a certain number of time blocks, as these may boost brain power - in any case, you can't study for 24 hours a day.

Next the timetable should be completed by listing the activities and study periods that need to be fulfilled by the student. First, work out how many time periods you will need per activity - e.g. studying a chapter of a book might take one, but doing study followed by a test may take up two. It might help to write a list elsewhere of all the things you need to do each day, and how much time you require for each activity - remember to include time for socialising, relaxation, exercise and sleep - all key components to a successful education.

If the student has exam or assignment deadlines, it's a good idea to factor the date of each exam or deadline into the study timetable. Include any family or personal dates so your timetable does not clash with other events, and remember to leave gaps in between subject blocks that will cover things like travel to a tutor or getting the necessary resources out for a new subject - getting behind a schedule can be stressful so make a fair prediction of how long specific subjects and events will take to carry out.

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@Sr. There are some great resources at TES (you may have to subscribe but it is worth it)
BBC bitesize
BBC national curriculum guide
You can also buy lots of study guides for the various age ranges in books stores, Amazon etc.
AHomeEducation - 17-Sep-14 @ 2:20 PM
Hi,Becky, could you give me some info on how to get the study sorted. I don't have a clue on what I need to teach my daughter and would love a structured plan and work notes to go by. Every time I try and get info it takes me to another page. I know I have to teach maths.. But what maths etc. Please help!!! I took her out due to sever bullying. Thanks
sr - 16-Sep-14 @ 11:33 AM
Hello I took the school letter in to school on the first day that she left, I didn't want her (or me) to be given any hassle by the other kids (or teachers) once they knew. That was about 4 months ago now, I feel like I have a different child, we have a much better relationship, she is happier (so am I), she has progressed much further in the subjects that we continued to study than she ever would have in school. Best decision I ever made. Good luck with everything
Becky - 10-Jul-14 @ 12:37 PM
hmm3679. You can...although most people elect to start from the beginning of the new school year in September.
AHomeEducation - 3-Jul-14 @ 12:06 PM
After I have written the letter to my sons school to take him out of mainstream education and start to home school, do I have to wait for a reply from them or can I remove him from school immediately? Have been thinking of homeschooling for some time as my son struggles with the slow pace and bullies in mainstrem school , and recent events have urged me to find out more about it .
hmm3679 - 2-Jul-14 @ 2:58 PM
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