Your success in life depends on your ability to plan both effectively and efficiently. The importance of a good and actionable reading timetable for student cannot be overemphasized. I doubt if it will be necessary to define what a timetable is because from primary school, you have been using it. But for this article, attention will be paid to reading timetable.
A reading timetable is an organized plan or calendar that aids you organize the courses you offer and how to read each of them. This tool is an inevitable tool necessary for every student. As we hope and work towards a better education system whereby students will go back to thorough studying of their books without dependence on examination malpractice.
How to Balance Your Reading Timetable
There are certain things to consider in trying to formulate a good reading timetable. We use the word “balanced” in the subheading so that every course will be fully carried along. Many people neglect certain course and pay more attention to others. Yes, some courses require more attention than others, but no course is to be neglected.
For example, it will not be too wise to pay same attention to both 4 units and 1 unit courses. Making an A in a 1 unit course and making an E in a 4 unit course has the same effect on your CGPA. Therefore, I would rather have an A in a 4 unit course and have an E in a 1 unit course. Yet I will not forget to state that a 1 unit course can keep you longer than you ought to stay in the higher institution. Therefore, you must strike the balance considering these few points.
1) Number of courses: In organizing your reading timetable, the first thing you must consider is the total number of courses that you offer. Bear it in mind that all these courses must be fully included without exception. If you have figured out the number of courses you offer, then you develop your formula to spread them across the week.
2) Your reading schedule: The next thing to consider is your reading schedule. Before you consider your reading schedule, you first consider your entire schedule. Will your schedule permit you to study in the day time or at night? This is something worth considering. Find out what works for you. Do not read at night because every other person reads at night. Some people will better read in the day time while others at night. So consider your reading schedule.
3) How many times you want to read a course in a week: How many times do you intend reading a course per week. Harder course and those with much workload requires much time.
4) Credit load per course: You must consider the credit load per course in trying to formulate your reading timetable. Course with higher credit load will have more effect on your CGPA. Hence place them as your priority and target a high grade in them.
5) How disciplined are you: Unfortunately, many people are professionals in planning, but never execute their plans. So consider first, what is the possibility of following you plan squarely? Many people will only follow their plans for the first 2-3 weeks and after that, they neglect it. So find out how disciplined you are. It will help you to know what works for you and what does not work for you.
6) Number of days in a week you want to read: How many days in a week do you want to read. Many people don’t read on Sundays. Some other sees Saturdays as the time to do other things and not to read. So find out the number of days you want to read in a week and how many hours in each of those days.
7) Simplicity of the course: In formulating your reading timetable, also consider how simple or difficult the course is. Many people love to read those courses that are simple and neglect the harder ones. This is an anti-reading habit. Pay more attention to the harder courses because the rule is that you must pass every course before you graduate. If it will take you 7 years instead of 5 to pass a course, the institution does not care. All they want is for you to pass the course. Therefore, the harder courses should be given more time.
8) Workload of the course: The next thing is to consider the workload of each course. I have explained this point above so put it to practice.
9) What venue will be more convenient for you: You must also consider what venue will be important for you when you want to read. For example, if your best time for reading is at night, then the library will not be an option. If you find out what time you will want to read, then where is also another important factor to consider.
Importance of a Good Reading Timetable
The next thing to consider is the importance of a good reading timetable. Why must you have a reading timetable? This question will be answered in these few points below.
1) Reading is critical to your success: Someone said, “reading people are always knowing people”. Examination malpractice is on its increase because reading is gradually going into extinction. Your reading timetable will help you a lot, seeing that reading is very critical and instrumental to your success.
2) It helps you organize your day: A good and organized reading timetable will help you plan your day in general. For example, if you reading time is between 2pm-6pm daily, it then means that you will not schedule any other activity within this time. Reading timetable will help you to achieve this.
3) It helps you not to read at random: The problem many students have is that the read without a plan. For example, if your most favorite course is mathematics, chances are that you might want to read mathematics everyday as if it is the only course you are offering. If you have an organized reading timetable, it will help you maximize your time and study every course weekly.
4) It makes you more focused: A good reading timetable will make you more focused that normal. For example, a man who has a target in running will be more focused than someone who is just running.
5) Difficult courses are made simple: If you have your reading timetable and you plan to read those difficult courses twice a week, you will find out that they will become simple with time.
6) It helps you to maximize your time: If you want to learn how to maximize your time wisely, then a reading timetable serves as an important tool. If for example, you want to read for 2 hours today, the timetable will help you maximize your time, seeing that you have only 2 hours to surmount a great mountain.
7) You stand the chance to cover your course outline: A reading timetable will aid you to cover your course outline before the semester ends. This is because you might be reading a course more than once in a week. This tool helped me in my undergraduate years to cover some courses twice within a semester. If you try it, you will find out that it works just fine.
8) You will read ahead of your lecturer: With this tool, you stand the chance to read ahead of your lecturer. Many lecturers do not attend lectures weekly, but you will surely read each course every week.
We have only stated few of the points here for your consumption. If you must be a successful student, then you must study to show yourself approved. The aim is not just to graduate with a good grade, but to be very knowledgeable. This is because many people go about with nice results, yet they cannot defend it. If you want to succeed in your academics, then you must study. If you must read well, then you needs a very good and well planned reading timetable.