Time Management is directly proportional to Exams preparation
Time Management is directly proportional to Exams preparation

Managing your time effectively is an important part of studying. One common mistake is to try to create an overly restrictive schedule which doesn’t work, and then feel very guilty that it doesn’t work. Telling yourself that scheduling just doesn’t work for you is another common mistake. Thus, plan according to your schedules, you goals, and your aptitudes rather than some standards. Try to be realistic and honest with yourself when determining those things that require more effort, those that come easier to you.

The following list will guide you through time management.


Think about when your brain works best - Morning, night or the middle of the afternoon. Plan your TTD list accordingly. If you’re going to read a difficult article for the first time doesn’t start at 10.00 pm unless you are a natural night owl. Do something less demanding in the low times - organise your notes, or write the next day’s TTD list.


Schedule - Have a regular study time and place each day - This helps put you in study mode. It’s what Pavlov did with his dogs. (“Good doggy. Now study! Studyyy...”) . Get everything you’ll need together BEFORE you start studying.


Prioritize - Make a list of what you have to do and list it in order of importance. Schedule the important stuff first.


Plan your sessions - Do the difficult stuff first. That way, by the time you can barely add 1 to 1, that’s all you have left to do.


Take breaks - Don’t study longer than 50 minutes at a stretch. Use the other ten for a run around the block, or eat a snack. Hmm... Maybe run around the block AFTER the snack. Taking a 5-minute hot shower is another excellent solution.


Avoid getting stuck - If you can’t figure something out, skip it, and get help later. Skipping everything is not allowed.


Divide and conquer - Break your projects up into smaller bits, and complete those bits one by one.


Set Milestones – Setting milestones help to manage the time and task better. You can also set rewards for reaching those milestones.


Reward yourself - The reward can be small, like treating yourself to some ice cream, or larger, like buying that new outfit you’ve had your eye on. Rewards also don’t have to cost money, like going to play some basketball with some friends at the park. Enjoy yourself when you pass a milestone, stick to your reward plans to make them more worth reaching.


Review regularly – Regular reviewing benefits taking stock of the work done. We have said this before. It’s important. Better read it again. Also monitor your progress at reasonable periods and make changes where necessary. If you find that you are consistently allotting more time than necessary to a specific chore, change your future schedule accordingly.


Say “No!” to distractions - No matter how attractive they are unless, of course, it’s on the schedule. (“Proclaiming my everlasting love: Tuesday 16:25 to 16:30”)


Time management is an important component of an effective study habit. Individuals have their own ways of managing time. Try using this grid while managing your time...

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