How to do a study plan

Study Plan

One of the most important things you  can do while studying with CMI is to make sure you remain organised.  While you may have one-off assessments throughout your course, chances are  you will have a whole load of assessments grouped together at the end of each term, which may leave you feeling a little overwhelmed.

Assessments could include a mixture of exams to revise, assignments to write, and projects to hand in. Some tips below:

1. First look over the syllabus and course schedule.

2. Highlight the important dates for submission of assignments/projects

3. Check the exam dates/ venue location

The first thing you’ll want to do when creating a study plan is to put in all the things you know you have coming up in the next few weeks, so you can see how much time you have left to play with. The first thing to write down is all of your assessment dates. Mark in the day and time of your exams, as well as any hand in dates for assignments, dates of final presentations, or final group work sessions you have to attend. This is the bare bones of your study plan, and allows you to see how your other time is going to work around it.

Important questions to write into your study plan:

  • When are your assessments due? You may have an exam in a couple of months that you don’t feel you need to worry about right now, but you may have an assignment which is due in three weeks which will require your immediate attention. Whereas if you have an exam that isn’t for a little while yet, you can see that you can plan out spending a little bit of time revising for it everyday between now and the exam so you feel confident you’re covering all the material.


  • How challenging are you assessments? If you have two exams on the same day, you may think you would want to spend the same amount of time in the lead up to the exams studying for them both. However, you may feel totally confident in one area of study and a bit more worried about the other. You might want to consider splitting your time so you spend 25% on the topic you feel happy about and 75% on the one you feel needs more work. This means you’re still working on both of them, but just focusing a little more on the area you feel weaker in so you should hopefully be up to speed and feel confident going into the exam.


  • How much time will the studying activity be?  All your studying activities will not requite the same level of concentration or work, so this is an important thing to take into consideration. If you have to do things like re-writing study notes, this may be a quick activity that you could fit in even when your concentration level isn’t at it’s best. However, if you’re sitting down to write 1,500 words for your assignment, you’re going to need to allow time for drafting and produce your best work. For something like this, you’ll want to make sure you slot it in during the time of day you feel most productive, as well as giving yourself a generous chunk of  time to make sure you get it finished.


Study time

Writing a study plan may seem like a waste of precious time if you’re already stressing about exams and assessment submission, but it is well worth taking a couple of hours to get it done. Not only will it help you stay organised, it will alleviate the stress your experiencing if you’re trying to get everything done at once. It, allows you to see exactly how much work you have to do. It may not even be nearly as much work as you thought! It also prevents you forgetting about a hand-in date until it’s passed, or suddenly remembering you have an exam tomorrow !

One major part of studying is staying in control of what you need to do, and a study plan is the perfect way to do this. Spending a little time planning your time out before you jump in will prove highly beneficial in the long run, and will soon become part of your studying routine!

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