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How to create your own personalised study timetable

By Danielle Barakat on 26 August 2020NSWblogStudy tipsExam advice

Your external exam timetable has been released and you should be gearing up to sit down and start studying for your final ever school exams 🥳. But before we get too excited about finishing, we need to take a step and back and realise that the next 2 months is going to be about how well you can organise your time and study.

As you might have seen, we have just released our 2020 Atomi Study Plans and Timetables specific to your subjects and to your exams. These have been designed to help you plan out your study schedule for the next 6 weeks for every individual subject. But here’s the thing, no one is doing only one subject which means the next step is trying to put together a study timetable that incorporates every one of your subjects.

How do you do that? I hear you ask...

Well, we are going to go through exactly how to do it and we’ve even given you a sample timetable below to show you how we’d put all our subjects together on one timetable.

Making a study plan

Before we get started with constructing our final timetable, it’s important to make sure that you really understand the best way to study in the lead up to an exam. Our Making a Study Plan video is a great place to start because it outlines the importance of starting early, and will give you a good idea of how to space out all your study sessions on a timetable so I would highly recommend giving that a watch.

Merging your study timetables

Now that you understand exactly how to space out your study into fortnightly blocks and understand the importance of getting through multiple study sessions per week it becomes a little clearer how to actually merge all your subjects onto one timetable.

The key thing to remember is that you don’t want to be doing more than about 4 study sessions per day, so even if our subject-specific study timetables overlap when you put them together, there is no harm in moving some sessions around to make sure you meet this criteria.

The best way to do this is to download our interactive blank calendar template that’s attached below and to start writing in all the sessions from all your subjects. Once it’s all in one calendar you can clearly see what needs to be moved and what your days will look like.

Now that you’ve merged everything onto one calendar, that’s it. You have a full study timetable leading into your exams and you’ve even got the corresponding study plans to go with it. Just remember, you have to make sure you include the subjects that we haven’t done plans and timetables for because they’re just as important too. That’s why we have also attached a blank study plan template too – that way you can use that to map out your sessions for your other subjects.

Example

To give you an example of what your study timetable might look like at the end, here is one we’ve put together for you.

Say you have a student in year 12 whose subjects are:

  • English
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Religion
  • Maths (Advanced)

We have used our ready-made plans and timetables to put together one final study timetable. We’ve moved some things around for the subject-specific timetable to make sure that this student has no more than 4 study sessions per day, and we’ve moved around the ‘Past paper’ days to make sure that they are focusing on any upcoming exams as a priority.

You can access the example timetable here.

Remember

At the end of the day, if you watch the Making a Study Plan video, it’s pretty clear what needs to be done in the lead up to your exams to make sure you have a study timetable that is going to be the most efficient use of your time. Luckily, we have all your subject-specific plans and timetables ready to go. So download the attachments below, construct your own personalised timetable that includes all your subjects and get studying.

Good luck and happy timetabling!

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