Tips For Preparing A Study Timetable

Tips For Preparing A Study Timetable

“Study to show yourself approved to God…” II Tim. 2:15

A few of my friends have bitterly asked. Why do they spend time studying and end up forgetting during the examinations? How do they deal with the pressing needs of assignments, practical reports, long course outlines and approaching examinations without crashing?

I wish to ask, Do you have a study timetable?

A study timetable is as important to a student as the rainy season is to a farmer, or as a compass is to an unknown-land traveler. In other words, without a study timetable, a student is likely to be uncertain about his academic results or worse still, he could feel completely lost.

The best way to learn in an organized manner and to prepare for examinations is to use a study timetable.

At the beginning of every new semester, it is imperative to prepare a fresh timetable that will cover the work for that semester.

This timetable must be PRIORITIZED. It is more important than your assignments schedule, your surprise tests or other unforeseen contingencies that may arise as the days roll past. Stick to the plan!

Here are a few tips for successfully preparing a study timetable:

  1. List out all your subjects for the semester
  2. Rearrange these subjects in order of importance (credit load/units) and difficulty (some subjects are more difficult than others).
  3. Prepare a template. This should run through the days in a week (Sunday through Saturday)
TIME SUN MON TUES WED THUR FRI SAT
7.30pm – 9.00 pm
3.00 am – 6.00 am
  1. Examine your “academic body chemistry”. This is very important.

You must know the best way and the best time that your brain can assimilate information. Lack of this understanding is the reason why many students give many hours to intense reading but in the examination halls, they forget or perform below their limits.

Do not feel discouraged about this.

Instead, study yourself and master yourself. Then, you can master your courses.

Some students understand at any time of the day. Some understand when they read in the evenings. Others prefer the early hours of the morning.

Some students simply read and they understand. Some read and jot down key points before they can remember. Others have to read, write and discuss aloud before what they read sticks in their memories.

Know your unique academic body chemistry. Read more here.

Armed with this information, then you are ready to draw your study timetable.

For example, if John understands best early in the morning, then he can fix his most demanding courses at that time and the easier courses in the other periods of the day.burning-midnight-oil--large-msg-115465452335

  1. Fix demanding courses on the days of the week when you are usually less busy.
  2. Every day, briefly go through everything that you were taught on that day. Do this as a personal development habit. It aids memory retention.

Experts say that the key to move information stored in your brain from your short term memory to your long term memory bank is to go back to the information within about 24 hours of learning them.

Do not bother to study it deeply. Simply skim through the notes and calculations. This works like miracle. Your mind will draw back scenes from the lecture period as you go through your book. After this is done, you can then go to the subject on your timetable for in-depth study.

The implication of this is that you have to allocate about 30 minutes or less for an overview of each day’s lessons.

  1. Beware of academic time killers. There are some academic activities that will require your attention but are not on your timetable. Deal with these with wisdom.

If you do not take care, you may spend four hours solving an assignment or reporting a practical that you could complete in less than an hour. As important as these may be, they do not weigh heavy on your Grade-Point (GP) and you know it.

  1. Stick to your timetable. Make your timetable Priority Class A. If laziness, boredom or pressure from friends tempt you towards another subject, receive grace to say NO! Do not be discouraged also when you do not complete the schedule for any day. Remember, it gets better. You will get better by God’s grace.
  2. Prepare an interim timetable for Test Weeks and Examination. This will depend on your level of preparedness for each course and the exam’s timetable.
  3. Pray before and after your study every day. Engage the help of the Holy Spirit as you read. He is available to teach you and remind you (John 14:26). Read your Bible everyday too. This will make you wise, wiser than your colleagues, your teachers and the elders (Psalms 119:99).

If you have any further questions about any point listed above, do not hesitate to raise them. The action point is to make a study timetable. Make yours today. We anticipate great news of your resounding success.

With much love,                                                                        Excellerblog

Smell Distinction? 

Smell Distinction? 

Distinction rarely ever comes by chance.
You can smell it from afar.

Yesterday, I went through a stack of assignment scripts from a topic earlier taught in Chemical Thermodynamics. It was a single question, although it had sub questions. As I went through, I noticed the usual; almost every student had copied the same answer –  set and I got bored of making almost the same comments on each paper. Until I had only about 3 sheets left. I went through the next sheet without even checking the name.

Guess what I saw? A painstaking solution of that single problem on 4 sheets of paper with correct answers!

It was then that I checked the name of the student and my surprise metamorphosed to pleasure. This student had made a distinction in a previous certification that he took. Little wonder. He was aiming at yet another distinction and I won’t be surprised if he nails it.

Distinction rarely ever comes as a surprise.

Let me give you 2 simple characteristics of distinctive students:

1. They Start To Source Information Early:

As soon as the semester or year begins, a student that looks to make a distinction begins to gather knowledge on each subject that will be covered. (S)he gets textbooks, past notes and questions, attends tutorial classes and discussion sessions on the semester courses. They do not wait for the eve of Test Week for intensive work to begin. Rather, from Week One, everything becomes serious. Check out those who watch movies, crash (sleep nonstop) and stroll into school for no reason after 3 weeks and you can practically smell Failure or Average performance at the most. 

2. They Add An Extra To The Ordinary:

Yes, distinctive students try to be extraordinary. They check to cross their t’s and dot their i’s. What makes them distinctive is that they stand out in the lot.

So, practical manuals are reported with enough literature review and some diagrams. Assignments are not copied verbatim although they may be solved in a group. Seminars are well prepared and presented. Examination questions are answered with details and workings are shown.

It looks like some hard work but the more often you do it, the more likely you will begin to enjoy being positively different.

Then, your examiners and friends will smell distinction all around you. Do they have an option? Haven’t you heard that the best antidote to discrimination is success? A distinctive man cannot be stopped!

Distinction requires concerted and consistent efforts at getting important things done in the right way.
“And whatever your do, work at it with all your heart as unto the Lord and not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23

We love you! We want to meet you at the top, always!

… Excellerblog

Design Model

Design Model

Design could mean a lot of things.

To a fashionista, design is a uniquely beautified kind of clothing or accessory.

To an architect, design is the blueprint of elements that make up a building structure so that it meets a specific intent in mind.

For artists, experts believe that ‘good art is a talent, good design is a skill’. A design seeks to communicate something that already exists (probably in the mind of the artist) for a purpose.

In chemical engineering, equipment design is the process of selecting, sizing (with respect to maximum and minimum capacity of operation) and detailed specification (especially operating conditions of temperature, pressure, flow rate among other parameters) of equipment used in full-scale processes.

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You will notice similarities in every field;

A design model must have a designer, detail (specification or uniqueness) and an objective/purpose.

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above- spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)

Read the above verse again, slowly. It really is talking about you!

From it, we see that the:

  1. MANUFACTURER/ DESIGNER/ POTTER/ ARTIST/ AUTHOR/ WRITER: God Himself.
  2. MODEL: You. Me.

Actually, we are more than just a model. We are His masterpiece! Bearing His signature. If you don’t know what this means, check out with someone who has a book that was originally autographed by an old author. Or someone who is a designers’ shirt freak. It is an honour!

  1. SPECIFICATION/ DETAIL: Created in Christ Jesus. Born again. Spiritually transformed. Renewed at heart.

This is the root of the matter, the qualification, the making.

Have your sins been washed by the blood of Jesus? Has the cross of Jesus broken the power of sin and Satan from your life? That is the first detail to ensure. You can ask Jesus to do this for you now. Just ask.

The next detail is to start living daily IN Jesus. Allow the Bible to change your heart and lifestyle. Pray about the words you read until the Holy Spirit makes them your reality. Do it consistently. Don’t give up. Don’t be distracted from it.

  1. OBJECTIVE/FUNCTION: Just as every equipment has a function. Here is ours.

Good works. We are saved unto good works. But it is not just any good work lying around. The ones He prearranged for us. He wrote them in a script. He has them in mind for us to walk in.

As we walk consistently with the Holy Spirit, He will order our steps every day to those paths.

Those are the paths of destiny.

 

A lot of young people are confused. They want to know what their destiny is. They seek a meaning to their lives. Is it all about going to school, getting a certificate, making a family and retiring rich? If you want to fulfill destiny, this is the path – the Designer’s prearranged plan.

Written with much love for you, dear reader – friend.

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