Learn how to build
a study plan
First, you need a study plan.
Without it, you’re going to be stressed.
Students often don’t want to create a study plan. They say they already have a syllabus and that creating a study plan takes too much time.
First of all, understand that a syllabus is a To-Do list, not a study plan. It tells you what you have to do, but nothing about how long it’s going to take or if you have time to get it done.
Secondly, you might be surprised to know that you already doing a study plan. The problem is that you’re doing it in your head, and that’s not a good place to have it.
You know that continuous stress you often feel in college? That’s caused by uncertainty. It’s that feeling of never really knowing for sure that you can get things done on time. You’re guessing, not planning.
A good study plan gives you the information you need to keep you in control of your time and workload.
You know how much time you have, how much you need, and if you can get everything done on time.
You know everything you have to do and what you need to start on first. Nothing slips through the cracks.
A good study plan is more. It also includes the when, where, why, and how of getting things done. That’s why we include simple, practical study habits and methods that help you get the best results for the time and effort you put in.
You are going to spend hundreds of hours studying each semester. Invest just a few of those hours to make a solid study plan. Trust me when I tell you that it will save you multiples of what you spend.
Reduce The Anxiety
A good study plan saves you more than time. It’s helps reduce that continuous anxiety that plagues most college students.
The more you are in control, the less you have to worry about. A good plan is your best defense against unnecessary anxiety.
Do Your Plan As Soon As You Can
Doing a study plan is not difficult. You can set it up with Shovel or your preferred study planner the first week of school when you have less to do. Create your schedule and organize your tasks as soon as you get access to each syllabus.
A typical syllabus usually only has about 50 to 75 specific tasks that you’ll need to do. Usually some combination of readings, quizzes, problem sets, a paper or project.
Many of those items are recurring and are quickly replicated across your semester in Shovel.
Do a plan.
It is not only worth your time, it is essential to your efficiency, effectiveness, and your sanity.
Enough convincing. Let’s start with your time.