The word scheduling is applied in several different contexts and can be confusing. Regardless, there are at least two meanings that are relevant for students. So, what is scheduling for students?
Scheduling is defining a time, a duration, and a place for a specific activity. The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary states “to arrange for something to happen at a particular time”.
The categorization we want to use in this post is whether such activity is done by a group or by an individual. In other words, if it is a team effort that has to been agreed upon or if it is a personal endeavor.
Team scheduling for students
Finding the best alternative suitable for all team members to meet and work together can be very complex. Luckily there are several apps or websites (Doodle, Calendly, and more) that provide tools for each need. Now the problem is to agree on the best tool for the team.
Self-scheduling for students
Usually, there are two issues that most students face when deciding what to do and when to do such a task. First is the need to set some time apart to study. Usually, most students tend to plan everything else and leave the study time to whatever is available. This is a big mistake. Secondly, the problem comes from setting the right priorities to decide what to do at any particular point in time.
How to solve these two challenges?
Plan how your regular week should look like. I mean it. Spend 20 or 30 minutes planning your week. Stating the time when you want to start and end studying each day of the week (from Monday to Sunday). This is an activity that in most cases you will do only once or twice a year if done properly. Therefore, consider it as a great investment worth doing well.
Secondly, define your priorities. Ask yourself for your goal for this academic year. Most students want to balance all subjects and perform at their best during exams. But your goals are up to you.
With these two steps solved, you can start scheduling each activity at the available time defined in step 1 using the criteria set in step 2. This will usually take you around 10 to 15 minutes (or even more) every day. You will need to assess everything there is in your To-Do list, classify it based on your priorities and define a time and a duration for every task. Keep in mind that having a plan for more than 2 or 3 days might be useless and extremely time-consuming. Useless because the circumstances might dramatically change, or your estimations might be absurdly wrong. As a consequence, you risk planning several times a week to really have a valid and updated schedule for you.
Studeam as your scheduling partner
Luckily, there is an alternative for this last tedious step: use Studeam and you will obtain a fully customized plan of all your tasks within your preferred schedule defined in step 1 every time you just push the purple button. So, your changing circumstances or your bad initial estimates don’t require you to spend time replanning. All will be done for you in less than a second.