This study planner printable, combined with the tips I’ll share, is the secret weapon you need to jump to the head of the class. Forget study planner apps; old fashioned paper is the way to go! 😉
Whether you’re in middle school or graduate school (or any grade in between), a daily or weekly study planner template PDF can be just the trick to help you stay on top of all of your classes. The idea with study planners is that you create a plan for studying, such as reviewing notes or flashcards, reading and taking notes, or solving practice problems, outside of other academic assignments. In other words, a study planner printable is not a to-do list of assignments, like essays to write, but rather tasks you’re undertaking on your own to ensure you know the material you’re learning and are ready to either pass a test or apply it in the real world.
Study Planner Apps vs. Printables
There are many, many study planners online and study planner apps for Android and iPhone, so why would you opt for a printable study planner? There are many reasons I prefer a printable to a study planner online or app, but the biggest one is that there are fewer distractions.
You’re going to be referring to your study planner frequently, and if you’re using a study planner app for Android or iPhone what are the chances you get enticed by a social media app, game, or text message discussion? It’s much easier to mitigate distractions when you use a printable.
Another advantage of a printable vs. a study planner online is that you don’t have to have cell service or Internet access. Plus, some studies have shown that when you write things by hand (vs. typing them) you’re more likely to retain the information.
Study Planner Printable (PDF Download)
This simple study planner printable offers a:
- Time table, where you can actually schedule your studying. Assigning specific times to tasks will help you hold yourself accountable! Think of it like making an appointment with yourself. 😉
- Space for today’s subjects of focus.
- Area for notes, where you can jot down anything of importance that arises while you’re studying such as another book referenced in your text book, how many problems you got right, etc.
This is a daily planner template printable, meaning it is focused on one day at a time. If you want to create an overview of what’s coming up, you can use a weekly study planner template PDF, such as this weekly planner template printable PDF download. (This is also part of the 13-page student planner printable bundle; more on that in a minute).
However, in order to increase you chances of success, you’ll want to be very specific about what you’re going to be studying and how you’ll study. Most weekly study planners don’t provide enough space for that. Instead, use the daily study planner printable from this post!
Tips for Using a Daily or Weekly Study Planner
So, now you have a study planner printable, but just having it doesn’t guarantee success. Sorry, this printable isn’t magic. 😉 However, here are some tips that’ll help you put this printable to the best use!
- Don’t underestimate the time required. How much time you need to set aside to study will vary based on what grade you’re in and what class you’re studying for. Keep in mind that most college courses require approximately three hours of extra (outside of the classroom) work per credit hour per week. So a 3 credit course would require about 9 hours a week.
- Be specific. Don’t write “study history” on your study planner printable. Instead write “review the causes of WWI” or “read pages 50-65 and take notes.”
- Take breaks. According to Stetson University, “After 1 to 2 hours of study you begin to tire rapidly and your ability to concentrate decreases rapidly.”
- Remove distractions. Don’t waste the time you set aside for studying on other tasks like checking Instagram or even things that seem important, like tidying up your room. Using a printable study planner vs. a study planner app will help eliminate some distractions.
One other tip that comes from Cornell is “Your study schedule should not just be about studying! Plan a schedule of balanced activities. Build in time to take a break, eat, sleep, socialize….”
So, if you are going to take a break, what could you do?
- How about a craft project? Perhaps something with these inspirational 32 First Day of School Quotes for Teachers, Students, and Parents?
- Perhaps fuel your brain with a bite to eat? Make it nutritious and delicious with 29 Cheap Healthy Meals For College Students or 25 Cheap and Easy Meals for College Students.
- You could look for “fun free things to do near me”.
- Maybe a little shopping? On a tight budget? No problem! Try these articles to help you snag freebies:
Study Planner Printable and the 13-Page Student Planner Printable
The study planner printable (PDF download) is part of the 13-page student planner printable bundle. The other items in the bundle are:
- Daily Planner Template Printable
- Weekly Planner Template Printable (PDF Download)
- Weekly To Do List Template Printable (PDF Download)
- Printable Class Schedule Template (PDF Download)
- Goal Tracker Template Printable
- Grade Tracker Printable
- Student Assignment Tracker Template Printable
Another great benefit of using a printable over a study planner app is that you can customize it. That means you can use this study planner printable by itself, with the rest of the 13-page student planner printable bundle, or with other printables and templates entirely! Here are some other planners you may want to use along with this study planner:
- Weekly Printable Meal Planner
- Free Printable Christmas Planner
- Free Printable 2020 Daily Planner
- Free Weekly Menu Planner Printable
- Free Printable Wedding Budget Planner Worksheet
- Free Printable Budget Planner By Month
- Even more printable planner pages