Preparation of personal timetable
A. Materials needed
Gather an 81/2-11 sheet, ruler, pencil, pen, eraser, and your school time table
A. Important points to consider
· In preparing your personal timetable there are important notes you should take into consideration
· The objective of the timetable should be clearly stated or you should have that at the back of your mind. In writing a timetable one needs to know the reason why he is doing the timetable. If you get to know the reason why, then you will be guided to do it with full determination
For example the objective of this timetable is to help you use your time well so that you can perform well academically. So in making this timetable all your energy is directed towards time usage and how it can have a positive impact on your academics.
Example two: the objective of making this timetable is to have a balanced life that is an improvement on your academic and personal life. So in making the timetable you need to include issues affecting your personality and studies.
· Personal timetables differ from one individual to another, therefore, make sure you don’t copy anyone else’s timetable but take time to do your own.
· The school timetable should be studied critically before planning your personal timetable.
· There should be a link between the school and personal timetables so studies can be done in a well planned manner.
· Personal timetable should be timebound (Spring semester or a 3 month’s timetable).
· You should use pencil for the initial framework of the timetable so you can make corrections by erasing as soon as possible.
· Time should be indicated for each item or subject; for example English 6-8pm. Time indication will make you more disciplined in moving from one subject to the next
· Subjects learned at school that day should be given attention in your personal timetable. This will enable you to refresh your mind on that day’s work. It also prevents forgetfulness and misunderstanding on that subject.
· Subjects which you have no interest in should not proceed subjects you have a keen interest in. Almost every student shows a particular interest in some subjects or topics based on several reasons, ranging from the preference of teacher, mood, future career, type of subject, level of interest in a subject and subject performance. Because of these reasons students don’t pay attention, or give little attention, to some subjects and do not always perform well. This should not be so since a good student is successful in all areas and not only one.
· Breaks, time for snacks and resting periods should be clearly stated on your timetable. This will put a check on you not to over spend your break by disciplining yourself to work within the timeframe or schedule
· You should check the mood or situation you are in. Stressful situations will prevent you from making an effective timetable.
· You should consider the place or environment. A noisy place will cause distractions. Again, when your friends and /or family relatives are around they can influence you in your personal decision on how you want to plan your timetable
· Do not plan your timetable when you have a special occasions such as birthday parties, barbeques etc to attend the next day. You will not be focused and you will make decisions which will not be in your own best interest.
· You should consider whether you are a slow or fast learner. Slow learners need a lot of time to understand what is taught in class or what is being learned. In that case, you will need a lot of time allocation for each subject. You can become a slow learner when you are not interested in a particular subject area.
· You should also consider whether you are a ‘nocturnal’ or ‘diurnal’ being. Meaning whether you study best in the night or during the day time. If you are a night person it means you are active in the night and that most of your subjects on your timetable should be put in the night and likewise for the day time, you should put most subjects in the day.
· You must also consider whether you prefer to study alone or with a group of your classmates. Studying alone will make your timetable more personal. When you prefer to study with a group of people you should think about making a timetable that will make room for group studies or discussion. You may also have to consider the time that will suit your studymates as well.
· Internet - In preparing your timetable make sure you are free from internet programs, such as facebook, chatting etc. This can make you lose focus and concentration. This is very important. Student’s should desist from listening to music and watching television and consider this timetable as part of his or her life.
· In preparing a timetable, prepare it according to your standard and not any other student’s. I believe you know yourself better so plan according to how it helps you most. Forget about those who say theirs are better than yours.
· In preparing the timetable you can also ask your teacher if he/she can help or guide in some ways on how to learn certain subjects you find very difficult. If you get to know the principles behind some subject then study becomes very easy and understandable.
· If you are planning a timetable and there are some books that are related to what you can learn at school, remember to fix a time for them, say reading.
C. How to begin your timetable
· Get an 8½-11size sheet, ruler, pencil and school timetable etc
· Read the important points to consider before you proceed to make the timetable.
· Draw 7 even lines in rows using the landscape format of the paper.
· The first topmost space should be designated for date and time.
· The other lines represent the 7 days of the week.
· You then have 7 spaces left, list the days of the week Monday to Sunday in their order.
· Create a column for your school timetable on your 8 1/2- 11 size sheet or copy the exact school time table onto your subject and time as shown.
· You must continue from 2 pm if your school timetable actually ends at 2pm. It means Monday to Friday these times are occupied. Then after the school what to do next.
· You must make more lines or columns, in intervals of two hours or how you want it to be done and the space available.
· Indicate time, subjects and other activities clearly on your timetable. Even if it is about going from school to home indicate clearly on your timetable
· NOTE- if you are comfortable with Microsoft word or Excel you can use that and insert a table and do your timetable there.
· Examples 2-3pm To the house, in this case your house you might be far from school.
· Then 3-4:30 you take a rest or a nap.
· 4:30 Organize your assignment ready to be done.
· 5-5:30pm Dinner or supper.
· 5:30-6pm Mathematics.
Excerpted from "YES I CAN: Guidelines for Studies for High School Students" by DAVID S. KYERE. Copyright © 2010 by DAVID S. KYERE. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.