How To Create A Study Plan

How To Create A Study Plan

Everything’s easier when you have a plan so find out how to create a super study strategy – whatever exam you are studying for.

MyStudyPlan allows you to add in subjects, prioritise how much time you want to spend on each, and schedule the amount of time you want to study.

Students studying in library




Your Exams 2014

Avoid Cramming

Caffeine-fuelled all-nighters are not the best way to study. Why? Research has shown that skipping sleep to study prevents the brain from absorbing information as effectively. What’s more, much of the information actually ends up forgotten.

Plan ahead

Work back from your exam dates to work out how much time you have to dedicate to each subject. Then split the topics you need to study into time available and create a timetable for you to follow. Stick a paper version on your wall or check out the SQA MyStudyPlan app.

Manage your time

It’s easy to over-estimate what can be achieved so be realistic about how long you can study for each day. Your plan should be like a diary, spreading chunks of time around the day. The more you stick to your plan, the easier it gets and the more productive your studying will be.

When and Where

Find a place to study


Decide where you are going to study; choose a place that is quiet, well-lit and where you won’t be disturbed. Some people like the solitude of the library, away from the distractions in their room plus it also helps to separate study time from free time.

Take regular breaks

Nobody can study 24/7 so make sure you take regular breaks to avoid information overload. Be aware of what your optimum concentration time is – for some it might be hour blocks for others it may be less and always take a break when your brain feels tired.


Get organised

Make a study plan


Revising absolutely everything you’ve learned in a particular subject may seem simply scary but the trick is to break subjects down into small, manageable chunks. MyStudyPlan allows you to add in your own subjects, prioritise how much time you want to spend on each, and schedule the amount of time you want to study.

Find your style

We are all different and have different ways of learning and processing information so the type of revision that works for your mate might not necessarily be the best one. Find the study style that works for YOU - whether you hole up in your bedroom listening to music or seek sanctuary in the quiet solitude of the library.


Panic Stations

Things not going to plan?


If things slip a little, don’t panic and abandon your plan. Review your workload and simply re-plan your studies. Be realistic with your workload and timings and you’ll soon be back on track. Measure how you’re doing as it’s easier to stick to a plan you know is working.

Make the most of exam week

Use the timetable builder to ensure you know exactly when you your exams are taking place. If you feel time is running out, prioritise and focus upon problem areas. It might be more beneficial to focus on strengthening what you already know than learn new topics from scratch.