How do I make myself study

Create a learning plan - Part 1

Admittedly: You can of course also just get started from the hip and learn according to, let's say, the creative stick-on-stick method. But it is much smarter to first make a well-thought-out plan. In this way you know exactly what you are doing and still have to do - and create the ideal conditions for really good learning success. Creating such a learning plan is not rocket science at all. We have written down the most important steps for you as instructions. Copying is expressly encouraged and recommended!

Step 1: Find out how much time you can plan.

Of course, you have long known that last-minute learning rarely really bears fruit. But even if you start early and on time, the time factor can stumble. It is very important that you plan realistically. The best way to do this is to consider three time dimensions:

  • Everyday time,
  • Free time and
  • Learning time.

First, take a look at how much everyday time is already firmly planned. From the timetable to mom's cleaning schedule, there are certainly various everyday duties that will swallow up a large part of your time. How much free time is there realistically left?

Next, you take a close look at your free time. Which appointments and appointments do you have that also block fixed time windows? From eating ice cream with Janine to the weekly hours in the sports club to Uncle Micha's birthday, you are guaranteed to have a lot on your plate here too. "Free time" is not just "free time".

The remaining time, which is now left after deducting everyday duties and leisure time appointments, is simply explained as learning time, by the way, still falls short. Better take a closer look: The fact that you have 6 hours "left" on a Sunday does not mean that you can and will realistically actually learn 6 hours. So think honestly about your personal performance and concentration range. Your biorhythm is also important for your time planning. After all, you learn best when you are really receptive.

Make a list or table of the learning time windows that you can realistically plan and want or write them down in your calendar. Now you know exactly how many work and study units and how long you have available and when.

Step 2: Gather everything you need to know and see what needs to be learned.

Get a careful overview and go through your notes and materials carefully. What do you have to learn anyway? What is missing and still needs to be added? Which subject area is perhaps more extensive than you thought from memory? You can only plan your learning units correctly if you know exactly how much and what you actually have to learn. So get any missing documents from your classmates, put all the notes in the right order and make sure that you have everything to hand for each subject and on the screen.

Step 3: Put the subjects and learning content in the right order.

The fact that there is only one class test is probably the exception. Usually you have to prepare for several tests and / or exams in parallel and get different subjects and content under one roof. Before you frantically start juggling, ask yourself: In which subjects and in which material are you already quite confident? In contrast, where do you feel very insecure? The "most difficult" subject - the one in which you feel most insecure - and the most complicated subjects take up the most study time. Subjects or content that are easy for you, on the other hand, can be pushed back on your priority list and considered with less time.

Step 4: Plan enough time at the beginning to prepare the material optimally.

The more senses you address, the better your learning will work out. In addition, you should of course proceed as much as possible according to your learner type. The bottom line is that both of these mean that you will need a little extra time to put the information into the right form for you. After all, mind maps, index cards and the like need to be created and designed first. It's also worth learning a few - such as mottos and rhymes, pictures, and little stories. So don't plan the first work units on your list directly for studying, but reserve enough time for preparing and preparing the material.

Step 5: Determine what exactly you want to do and learn and when.

Divide the learning material into many small bits and in the last step write down exactly which content you will learn in which unit. A little tip: It is better to start with mini work blocks with about 30 minutes of concentrated learning in one piece. You will probably need a break after that. So stay realistic here as well and plan a little more carefully how much material you put into the learning units. Also, allow a few minutes after every half hour to move a little, stretch your legs and ventilate properly.

After these five steps your learning plan is ready:

  • You know how much time you realistically have available.
  • You have a clear overview and you know what you have to learn.
  • You have set priorities and established your "learning hierarchy".
  • You have planned enough time to prepare the material optimally.
  • And you have distributed the learning material among your learning units.

Actually, you're ready to go now. But we still have a few extra tips for you: Here you can find the second and last part of this series of learning plans.