A timetable or schedule is an organized list, usually set out in tabular form,
providing information about a series of arranged events: in particular, the time at
which it is planned these events will take place.
A time table is just a way of showing what you need to do when - you can make one
any way you like, but here is one way to do it.
Making The Time Table
Take an ordinary sheet of paper and draw a line across the top, quite close to the top
edge of the paper - you're going to write some column headings here later. Down
the left side of the sheet, write the times of day that you have free to study, leaving
room in between each line so that you can write something in the columns - you can
either write just hours, or you can write hour plus half hour if you wish. For example,
you could start with 8:00 am and either write 8:00 on one line and 9:00 on the next;
or you could write 8:00 on one line and 8:30 on the next and then move to 9:00 and
9:30. Keep going until you have your whole day listed down the left side of the page.
Now, draw columns up and down the sheet for each day of the week - yes, you're
going to study on the weekends, too! If you don't like the way your final sheet looks,
or if you have not given yourself enough room to write assignments in the columns,
just start over on a clean sheet - this is your study sheet, so make it look the way
It's also a good idea to save the original sheet and make a lot of copies from that
sheet instead of making a new study table each week, but if you find making the
table easy, then you can just make a new one each time.
Filling In Your Time Table
Now that you have a table showing time of day for each day of the week, you can
start filling it in. You can use highlighter pens to block off times that you will not be
studying - you won't be doing work if you are in school, for example, except during a
study hall class.
Fill in any activities that you know you need to do - clubs, family outings, sports,
whatever you already have planned ahead needs to be written down so you won't
plan something else in that time spot.
Now, look at your assignment notebook and see if there are any big projects that are
going to need more time - big exams, reports, science projects - anything that is
going to need more than one or two days to finish needs to have some extra time on
the time table. Decide if you want to work on that project every day for a certain
amount of time, or if you want to devote one day on the weekend to do the whole
thing - however you want to divide up the time will be fine, because you're the one
2. in control!
After you've planned for the big projects, look to see what is due when. If you have a
pop quiz on Wednesday, block out time on Tuesday afternoon to read over your
notes and textbook to prepare. If you need to read a chapter or book by Friday, plan
how long you need to read that much and block out the time over the week, either
all on one afternoon or a little each day. If you have one class that assigns
homework every day, then pick a block of time and write "Maths Homework" or
(whatever class it is) in each column.
The key to making a good time table is to be organized - click on the related
questions for more ideas!