Manage Your Time

November 21, 2009  |  Time Management

Try and set a specific time to study every day and you’ll find that it makes things so much easier. Look at the classes you have to attend, work out the time that you need to get to them and then set a realistic time every day so it almost becomes like part of your daily timetable. And how much studying do you need to do?

Well you can use a formula that goes something like this: for every hour of class, put in an hour and a half to two hours of study. Why the difference? Well, some of you might read much more quickly than others, some might take a longer time to absorb the same material. So it figures!

Just keep in mind that very often the ones who are slower tend to remember for longer, so it evens out! If you can study soon after your class, that makes it even better because everything is fresh in your mind.

Do take a quick break in between to relax. And remember – don’t push yourself. If you begin over scheduling your study hours, you’ll find yourself overexerting and that doesn’t really work too well in the end.

Where to study

You probably will think it doesn’t matter but it does! We’re talking about the place you choose to sit and study. How do you know you’ve chosen well? Well, let’s tell you how to choose so you can concentrate on your studies and don’t get disturbed or distracted. Let’s go through a process of elimination first.

Don’t choose a place that may not be available always to you. Don’t go park yourself in a place where you know you will be interrupted or distracted. And don’t choose a place that’s either too hot or too cold or your mind’s going to be on the temperature, not on your books! Now for the ‘dos’.

Make sure the place you choose is well-lit and airy so it’s a pleasure to be in, not a drudge. Find yourself a comfortable chair – but not too comfortable so you fall asleep! Keep all your study material at hand so you don’t have to go up and down searching for it.

And try and have a large work area or desk so all your material is close by. Keep it neat so there is enough space for you to write comfortably. And last but not least, lock the door if you can and make sure no-one disturbs you.second. We started in a living room back in 2006 and have been steadily working to build our company into a world-class contender. Today we operate a set of popular marketplaces for digital goods, a family of leading tutorial sites and a series of niche sites and projects.

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


72 Comments


  1. I can do well if I try,but i cannot try because i am lazy.please suggest a way out of this.my xams will start in 2 months but I am not serious abt i.please help.

  2. i have problem hw to make time table for my studies or last one month plz help me to make time table for last monnth before board exams i want to achieve 95% marks i m still quite weak in maths but i have to achieve anyhow so plz tll me how i can and help me in making time table tell me how i make

  3. I m in 12 th as I m very weak in maths and I could not able to concentrate maths , so what I can do to get good marks in maths

  4. Hi…

    I got 92% in my tenth standard..
    But now I am so low…
    Nowadays I am just getting nly 56%
    Upcoming year i want to face my twelth board exam
    I dont know how to plan my studies
    Please help me by teling how to plan..
    And if you feel easy please prepare a plan for me and send…
    Pleas do this favour for me..(if you wish)

  5. I always get distracted when I sit for studies…I can’t sit at one place. I am bit lazy and I don’t get time to study…..I get up at 7:00 i have school at 8:30 and I sleep too early plZ give me some advice

  6. hello,
    my name is arif.. I am doing my 6th semester mechanical engineering as well as working full time in a bpo company.. I hardly sleeping a day. Due to some personal reason’s i cant quit working at this point of time..I am not able to concentrate in class..so can i please expect some valuable suggestions so has to clear my course without any backlogs.. how can i utilize my time equally.. hoping for a quick and positive reply
    thanks in advance

  7. Hello :) I’m in 2nd puc. My board exams are 20 days away. I did exceptionally well in 11 years or studying. But this year had many distractions & no proper tutorials due to which I became depressed & lost confidence. I gave up on studies thinking I’ve turned dumb. Now I realize my mistake, regret that i didn’t try. I want a distinction. I kindly request u to help me out & do u think there is a possibility of me getting a good %?

  8. Hello :) I’m in 2nd puc. My board exams are 20 days away. I did exceptionally well in 11 years or studying. But this year had many distractions & no proper tutorials due to which I became depressed & lost confidence. I gave up on studies thinking I’ve turned dumb. Now I realize my mistake, regret that i didn’t try. I want a distinction. I kindly request u to help me out & do u think there is a possibility of me getting a good %?

  9. I prepare hard for exam but in exam hall i loss my concentration and did not write properly.now i am perparing for inter 2nd year exam please help me!

  10. Hi, I was very good at studies when I was younger but I don’t know why I am not doing soo good these days.I feel like I don’t have sufficient time to study at home.My dad stays abroad and my sister goes to university; my mum goes to work and I need to look after my small brother,cook dinner and also do most of the chores at home.I only get to do my homeworks at around 9 pm but by that time I am already tired.I do a part-time job on saturdays too.I feel like I have no social life at all.Also I have been trying really hard but I am not able to get good grades and this disaapoints me a lot.I don’t know how to manage my time effectively for study and work.I have final exams coming up in 2 months time and I want to get good grades in them so that I can go to good university.

  11. hello
    i hav just finished 10th and expecting good marks. i am planning to join coaching classes for engineering in 11th and 12th. I hav nt taken any coachin classes in my earlier classes. So would it be difficult for me to cope up with the time i hav got? and should i start studying during the holidays that i hav got after 10th?
    plzz help..how should i manage time…
    it will be a great help
    thanx

  12. Presently I’ve started with +2.I have commerce with Hindi.I want to study and want to score marks but whenever I sit on chair and I feel tired.I think I hate theory.How to learn theory? I always postpone my works.What should I do before start studying so that I don’t feel tired.suggest me any timetable which can help me to study.I also have lack of confidence? I know almost all my problems but instead of remove them I neglect them?Help me Sir!!!!! I will be your thankful.If want more information I will tell you everything.

  13. sir i have completed my 12th with science stream & i got 86% but i am not happy with this marks since i got very good marks in my 10th so for further studies & IAS to score good marks can u suggest me some tips

  14. Sir I am a fair student. Not good and not bad enough. I score 73.5% in standard 10th. Sir now I want to boast and have to get 100%. So sir pls give me perfect time management so I can improve a lot. I will give u whole description. We are having two room quaters.One drawing room and 2nd bed room. Sir I am coming back from school at 3:00 pm approx. So sir I am getting free at 4:00 pm. Sir now tell me how to manage my time please……….
    I will be highly thankful to you sir. And will be waiting for rply. You can mail me at my email too.
    I hope u dont mind in ans my que. It is all about my future plzzzz sir plzzz.

  15. rakhi chakraborty

    hello sir
    i am a student of m.a. 1st yr..i am studying m.a. in history.
    i am a marride and i have a 3 month age baby boy..my exam
    is in november. i dont get time to study.how i manage time for study
    after handelling the baby and family??? plz help me.

  16. i am a boy quite intelligent but as i am in 8 th i see that my graph is going down & down what should i do

  17. I WANT A NICE TIME TABLE FOR MY STUDIES IF I COME HOME AT 4 PM . I GO FOR PHYSICAL PLAY 1 & HALF HOUR & ALSO I SLEEP AT 10 O CLOCK AND I NEED 1 HOUR FOR DINNER AND REST
    WILL YOU PLEASE GIVE ME A MANAGED TIME TABLE

  18. hi hello im vaibhav . and im from A.P ( ANDHRA PRADESH ) ACTUALLY I SAY THAT I WILL PREPARE MY OWN TIME TABLE AND STUDY FROM TOMMORORW BUT IT GOES IN VAIN AGAIN I FORGET IT , IF I REMEMBER IT ALSO ILL DO IT FOR A DAY I FINISHED MY SCHOOLING AND NOW IN MY 11 TH CLASS AT SRI GAYATRI JUNIOUR COLLEGE I NEED SOME HELP SO THAT I STEADY WELL I HOPE THIS WILL HELP AND PLS HELP ME IN SCORING GOOD MARKS AND GAINING KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT GETTING DISTRACTED

  19. hi
    i coud’nt get enough time to revise the subject during exam time,and i’m very tentioned during exam hour.Even i coud’nt cocentrate in the class………

  20. hey…i am an architecture student…my problem with completing submissions is that i prepare a perfect time table before hand but when it comes to execution of the time table i lack some where or the other….and end up not completing the submissions on time or submitting incomplete work…i have faced this problem for a year now n i wish to stop this before it starts getting worse….i really need you to help me stop this…coz it has started getting me under depression now!

  21. I am studying in B.com 2nd sem but i have gaped 2 yaers
    So i have not perfect concentration.
    so how to improve my concentration

  22. please find a suitable timetable for me. I am in 9th standard. i come home from school at 5o clock.

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