Structuring your time

A Routes for All Guide to making the most of your time.

TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS?

Have you been feeling a bit bored at home? Not sure where to start or how to structure your time?

Well you have come to the right place! This guide will help you figure out how to start studying from home and how to structure your days to prevent that dreaded feeling of boredom!

STUDYING AT HOME

It can be frustrating trying to get into a routine whilst studying from home. Often we don't know where to start. We waste time doing things we don't have to and sometimes get ourselves into trouble!

Read our guide to studying at home:
DON'T STOP LEARNING!

MAKE A PLAN!

This best way to start structuring your time is to plan out your day in advance.

For example, your school timetable plans out your day for you; laying out which class you should be in, at what time and when you should take breaks.

SCHOOL TIMETABLE

Why not use your school timetable as your plan?

You can use your school timetable to help you plan out your days studying from home and follow it as you normally would each school day.

This can help to use your time to study all your subjects and make time for breaks too!

CREATE YOUR OWN PLAN

You can also make your own plan and structure your day around what you want to study and how long for. Try to study for a maximum of 45 minutes then take a short break.

You can use the Routes for All Study Time Table to get started on creating your own plan.

CREATE YOUR OWN PLAN

The Routes for All Study Timetable splits each day up into sections. You can decide how to structure your time. For example, Monday morning could be from 9am - 12pm, with 3 one hour chunks.

Cross off the times when you are unavailable to study.

With the remaining spaces, plan out which subject you are going to study and how long for.

TO DO LISTS

Another great way to structure your time is to make "To Do Lists". Make a note of the things you aim to get done that day. As you complete them tick them off your list.

This is a great way of seeing how much you have accomplished and what you still have to do.

HOW TO CREATE A TO DO LIST

- Firstly, write down what you would like to get done that day. Remember to be realistic and not give yourself too much to do.

- Once you have a list, think about which task needs to be done first and number your tasks in order of priority.

- Tick each task as you complete it.

TO DO LISTS

By ticking off each task as you have completed it, you can see how much you have accomplished and what you still have left to do.

This can give you a great starting point for the next day.

Try being creative with your To Do List, use different colours or sketches for each task. This can help motivate you to create a To Do List and stick to it!


SETTING S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

Another great way to structure your time is to set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals - you decide what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by.

HOW TO SET S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

It's important to set S.M.A.R.T. goals in order to make your goals achieveable. Make your goals:

S = SPECIFIC - Don’t just say “I’ll do some English”. Be SPECIFIC – “I will read one chapter of this book and then make some notes for 10 minutes”.

M = MANAGEABLE - If you plan something you can’t manage you will feel gloomy when you fail. Is reading one chapter of your book too much for one day? Spread it over two days – make it MANAGEABLE.

HOW TO SET S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

A = ACHIEVABLE - There is no point in saying “I will read this whole book before lunch” if that is impossible – plan a goal that is ACHIEVABLE.

R = REALISTIC - Even if you can read really fast – are you really going to read the whole book before lunch? Set REALISTIC goals.

T = TIME-BASED - Set yourself a deadline. For example, “I will read the first three chapters of my book by next Tuesday and read the last two chapters by next Thursday.” If your goals are not TIME-BASED, you can lose the motivation to complete a task.

REWARD YOURSELF

It's important to take breaks and to reward yourself for completing tasks - AFTER you complete the task!

Reward yourself with things you enjoy doing such as playing a video game, FaceTiming your friends or watching TV. You'll enjoy doing these things more because you will have earned them with all of your hard work!

EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT

Remember that everyone is different and that following someone else's plan might not work for you.

Try out different study plans, study at different times of the day and give yourself a chance to get into a routine.

Find a plan that works best for you, and don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get it right first time!

LACKING MOTIVATION

Still struggling to study after making a plan?
It could be that you are lacking motivation. You can look back at our "Stay Motivated" Guide to get yourself motivated and studying successfully.

PROCRASTINATING

Are you still doing ANYTHING BUT studying? Procrastination affects us all and it can be hard to pull yourself out of it.

To get some tips on how to avoid procrastination, take a look at this video: Procrastination

TIME FOR YOUR FUTURE

·     It will seem like you have lots of free time at the moment but it’s important not to waste it.

·      Many of you will be preparing to choose subjects for next year, thinking about your future career and what you would like to go on and study at university and college.

TIME FOR YOUR FUTURE


·      The time you have right now is the perfect time to improve your independant study skills and to look ahead to your future studies and career.

·      Use your time studying from home to work towards your future and strive for the career you wish to pursue.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Stay safe, and... stay in touch! If you want to contact Mark or Kerry from Routes for All, email us at:

Routesforall@gcu.ac.uk