As quoted by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This applies to all aspects of our life, including our studies. To avoid getting lost in the midst of your revision in the coming months before the PSLE, you should start to create your own study schedule now.
Here are 3 steps to create an effective study plan:
- Prioritize Your Subjects and Topics:
Do not assign the same period of time for each subject and topic. You will need to prioritize which subjects and topics are more important and challenging to you, and dedicate more time to that than others. It is crucial to spend more time on subjects and topics that you need extra practice or help in. For example, if Science is your weakest subject, you will need to set aside more time to revise your Science topics. And if your weakest Science topic is “Adaptation of Animals”, then you will need to dedicate more time towards that topic than the others.
- Organize Your Time Wisely:
After you have determined the number of hours you will need to set aside to study for each subject and topics, choose the best time to study. For example, you may choose to start studying after an hour of lunch break. Or, some pupils may choose to start studying after a short nap as they will feel more refreshed. Once you have decided what works best for you, stick with it.
- De-stressing and Family Time
You may schedule breaks for relaxation in between your revision schedule. These relaxation breaks are useful as it is a form of de-stressing and thus, helps you to focus better during your revision. These relaxation breaks should not be more than 30 minutes, and are not to be scheduled too often. For example, you may set aside 15 minutes of snack break after studying for more than an hour. Other forms of relaxation include reading a storybook or newspaper, a quick jog, baths, or even a short trip to your nearest minimart! Family vacations should be kept to a minimum during the PSLE year and should only last for a few days. As long as you have a well-planned revision schedule and follow it closely, you should not feel guilty about spending time with your family.
For many primary schools, the involvement of CCAs for Primary 6 pupils is significantly reduced. This allows more time for learning and revision. Therefore, your study timetable should help you to accomplish the following:
– complete revision for all P6 topics by end of July,
– set aside more time to attempt mock exam papers in August and September.
When you have finished creating your study timetable, paste it on the wall in front of your study table so that you can see it and follow it. By planning your study timetable now, it will help you to stay more focused and therefore, you will be more prepared for the PSLE.