Planning - Plan My Week

Why bother with a day by day plan?

 

Without a detailed plan for your week, you end up drifting around aimlessly. We all like to feel we have achieved something every day and your plan is your starting point.   

 

Make sure to never create a detailed plan for more than one week in advance, as unexpected events happen and you will end up wasting time redoing your plan.

 

Outcomes after using this page

  • You know how to create a day-by-day plan

  • You have prioritised all your activities and know what you are doing and why

  • You have a day-by-day plan for this week

 

Step one

 

Talk to your parents (on Sunday evening) and find out (and write down) everything that is happening this week. Identify anything that might get in the way of study.

 

Step two

 

If something might get in the way of study, try to find a way of avoiding it!

Then work out how many hours you have available for study this week

 

Step three

 

Your available time needs to be divided between subjects. To do this you should take account of which subjects you find easy and which you find hard (see your AIM description).

 

Concentrate on important subjects! Allocate at least twice as much time to hard subjects.

 

Calculate

  1. Number of easy subjects + (number of hard subjects * 2) = Cunning Divider

  2. Hours of study per easy subject this week = (hours available this week / Cunning Divider)

  3. Hours of study per hard subject this week = 2*(hours available this week / cunning divider)

 

Step four

 

Now create your plan for the week. 

  • Use a table with days across the top and subjects down the left

  • For each day record how many hours you have available

  • Fill the cells with the number of subject pages you are going to study and the time you will spend on them

 

Step five

 

Tell somebody what your plan is and ask them to motivate you!

 

If you get behind schedule, do everything you can to catch up!

 

If you can’t catch up you will have to think about updating your outline plan - which will create even MORE WORK … then make another effort to catch up!

 

If each week you get behind, think about what is going wrong. Is it that you don’t have enough time, or that you are not using the time you have effectively?

 

Advice on how to follow your plan

 

When you decide to sit down and study, your aim should be an outcome (e.g. understand, memorise and practice 10 pages from the maths textbook). Focusing on YOUR aims gives you a purpose.

 

Creating a daily routine gives your day structure and often means you get more done. A daily routine might be as follows:

  • Wake up

  • Anki Flashcards

  • Breakfast

  • Travel

  • School

  • Travel

  • Relax

  • Study time

  • Dinner

  • Study time

  • Learn about the things you got wrong & make new flash cards

  • Relax

  • Bed

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