Create a Study Plan for Academic Success

 A study plan is an effective way to help you navigate through your college education in an organized way. Every student needs a different study plan. Each student studies differently, so the amount of time you need to study will differ from the time your classmates devote to studying. Some students find that studying nightly for thirty minutes is more realistic than studying a few times a week for a longer period of time.

Self-evaluation of your current schedule and time management is needed in order to create a personalized study plan. Find days when you have fewer personal commitments when you can squeeze some study time. Also determine why you are studying, and develop a plan that can help you achieve those goals. Take into consideration upcoming tests, your average in certain courses, and projects that you anticipate will take more time than others.

What is a study plan?

A study plan is an organized schedule that students create that outlines study times and learning goals. This helps you become more organized, but it also holds you accountable for your own learning outcomes.

Lastly, create a study plan that is reasonable. If you schedule several long days in a row of studying, you will get discouraged and will be tempted to give up. It is therefore recommended, that you schedule time for non-academic activities, such as exercise, hobbies, and socializing with other students. You can spend less time studying if you do it correctly. When you are studying, remember to take breaks in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Different tactics work for different people, so chart-out a personalized study plan, and determine which tips you can incorporate into your own study routine. Go ahead and explore the step-by-step instructions below by Placio.

Step 1: Chart out your daily activities – as this helps you understand how you spend your time from day to day. Jot down when you are studying, college, and hanging out with friends or home with family for a week, look for times that you are actually studying. This will help with streamlining consistent days and times which you can devote to studying.

Step2: Develop a schedule – the above will help in making a planner or calendar with blocked out times when you should be studying. This written down schedule will be a daily reminder so that you don’t forget your commitment. Also, write the subject you need to study you need to score in.

Step 3: Determine your study goals – why are you in college and what is your aim in studying. You will need to tailor your study plan depending on your weekly goals. Do you want to raise your average in a particular class in order to maintain a certain GPA? Are you preparing for a big exam? For example, if you are studying for an important midterm exam, alter your study plan two weeks prior to the test to incorporate review of old tests and notes in your sessions. On the other hand, use your study time to read ahead one chapter in order to grasp the next lecture.

Step 4: Stick to your schedule – A study plan works best if it is followed on a consistent basis. You should try to develop a study plan that you can follow for the length of each semester of college. Since most students enroll in different classes each semester, you will have to re-evaluate your plan and fine-tune it each term. Remember, the most important thing is sticking to your plan.

Step 5:  Lastly, find a study partner as company permits collaboration and discussion. Check with other students to coordinate study sessions. However, if you tend to socialize more than study when you are around others, stick to an independent study plan.

Find what works best for YOU

Finding your prime time – Plan a time to study when you know you’ll feel energized and on top of your game. Some students prefer the morning—before a day of class. Others feel their best mental energy in the evening or night. There are certain hours in the day when you will be able to memorize more effectively than others. Capitalize on those hours and turn yourself into an efficient study machine.

Diminish the distractions- or interruptions. When you sit down to study identify what disturbs you and makes you lose your focus. The key is that everyone has different preferences. Some students studying find background music soothing while others can’t concentrate with it playing.


Study in the library– many people find these silent sanctuaries with muted noise of page turning by other students appealing along with minimal distractions.

Lock yourself in your bedroom- in a busy, chaotic college life, close the door of your PG room for peace and quiet. Or waits until everyone sleeps to focus and study.

Go unplugged –make a point to turn off all electronics. This uninterrupted time allows one to focus and study efficiently. Turn off the TV, log off from Facebook and put your cell phone in the other room –to focus!

Set a schedule & stick to it – as mentioned above set aside time to study, keep sane and top their grades. Identify a time or day to designate to study—and don’t schedule over it!

Avoid all-nighters– Most college students will find themselves pulling an occasional all-nighter before an important exam, but don’t make it a habit. As a rule of thumb, what is good for your health is typically also good for your mind. Optimal study conditions mean good rest and nourishment. Stay hydrated, have some protein-rich snack on hand, maybe a touch of caffeine for focus.

Do you know a student who could benefit from these tips? Share this article with him or her and share your best study environment tips in the comments below!