How to make a great study planner

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Get the most out of your time with a study planner that helps you build homework and revision around the rest of your life. Here’s a simple guide to creating your very own personalised planner.

Why make a study planner?

A study planner, or revision timetable, is a calendar or diary that includes all your activities, lessons and other commitments.

Having a good plan will help you stay motivated and balance your time across different subjects. It'll also mean you won’t run out of time when the revision pressure is on.

Tips for making a great study planner

  • Be realistic – there's no point setting a plan that you won't be able to stick to
  • Make it detailed –  break your revision into chunks, specify times for studying and assign each time to a particular subject
  • Be prepared to change your study planner – life always throws up surprises, and some topics may take you longer than you planned for
  • Give yourself little rewards after a study session to stay motivated
  • Build in breaks – you don't want to get burned out
  • Look at your study plan as a set of guidelines rather than something that should be followed without thinking
  • Give yourself time before an exam to review all the content you need to learn.
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Advice from the TSR community on creating a study planner

Make it realistic. I'd suggest you look at what free time you have (proper free time, factor in all the things you enjoy and the time you spend on homework etc.) and split that between your subjects, and perhaps include some time to review your revision from the week before – so you don't completely forget it all.

Also, make it provisional so you can adjust it to suit your needs as you go along; your revision timetable should help, not hinder.


Don't force yourself to revise topic A at 7pm on Thursday, but you should have a clear target as to what you want to accomplish in a given time.

Obviously, you should adapt to changing circumstances, whether this means reshuffling your schedule, or postponing a certain activity – this should be fine occasionally.


Trying to build revision into your daily routine is a good idea as it makes revising before big tests a lot less daunting.


One way is to pick the topics you need to cover and allocate a time to them. Spend that time on those and then move on. Then you can mix and match the subjects you're covering and the duration you spend, and you know exactly what you need to be covering in that time.

Alternatively, you can just time-block your calendar/diary/planner with 30-45 minute sessions and before you start each one, decide what you want to cover. This is better if you need to develop a routine in terms of consistent study durations, but it can feel repetitive.

I'd recommend taking a 5-10 minute break between each session and after two or three sessions, take a longer break of 30-60 minutes.


How to create your study planner online

The TSR Study Planner creates an online, personalised revision timetable for you in less than 15 minutes. You simply block out the times when you can’t study, add your exams and deadlines, decide how much revision you want to do for each subject and the planner schedules the revision for you.

Once made, you can opt to receive notifications to remind you about revision sessions, print off your plan and easily make changes.

To find even more revision tools, go to the resources hub.

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