Olivia Taylor

How to create the perfect study schedule!

Creating a study schedule can seem intimidating. It’s easy to overschedule yourself, or not to even know where to begin. So follow our step-by-step guide to creating the perfect study schedule!


STEP ONE) Choose your format.

Are you pen-and-paper kinda person, would you prefer to use an e-calendar or are you a bit more techy? Any format will do, choose what works for you.


STEP TWO) Choose the times of day you are going to study.

Are you up before everyone else or do you like to work at night? Early bird or night owl? Would prefer to get some work done before school or after school? You might choose to work between 9am-5am, or midday to 9pm. Choose the times that work best for you and your schedule. As a general rule, never work more than 7/8 hours a day, including lessons, with plenty of breaks.

STEP THREE) Schedule your other commitments.

What other things do you have to do? Put them in your schedule. Note down when you have lessons, clubs, time you spend with friends and family. It is important to schedule in these activities first to have a more realistic study timetable and, therefore, you will be more likely to stick to your schedule.


STEP FOUR) Choose when you will relax.

Choose one day of the week, or two half-days, or a few hours a day where you won’t study or think about studying. For example, you might rest on Sundays or you might rest on Monday night and Wednesday morning. Use this time to binge netflix and chat to friends – you can’t study all the time!


STEP FIVE) Write down the dates and time of your exams.

Create the schedule and have a look at how much time you have between now and exams.

STEP SIX) Break down your subjects into topics.

Look at your revision guides and exam specs and break down your subjects into smaller topics. This can be, for example, “Cardiovascular System” or could be “pages 20-25 in the revision guide”, or “lesson 5/6” whatever is the easiest way for you to break down your subject into smaller parts.

STEP SEVEN) Finishing the schedule.

Slot the topics into the study time available on your timetable between now until the exams. Your revision timetable is finished! Now you just need to stick to it…

Bonus Tip:

Build in a “fall back” hour everyday. Or even a whole “fall back” day. This is time that you might be working but you don’t put in a specific time. Life happens, sometimes a task takes longer than you thought or you reallyyyy wanted to have a chat with your friend during your free period – then you can use your “fall back” hour or day. If you have nothing to catch up on, you earnt yourself an hour to relax!