Career guidance: The importance of a study timetable

With the Careers Coach

Studying just like any other idea to plan a way forward, is one of the most huddle, many have struggled in putting the initial effort into motion. In other instances, some have had the courage to at least put the first foot forward, only to deviate from the initial course of action.

In order to remain on course, there is a need to have a plan of action put in black and white, the timetable. More so with the everchanging educational curriculum, more and more subjects are being introduced, hence the need to have a clear plan regarding which subject to tackle and when.


A timetable may be defined as a list of planned activities and outputs, grouped and clearly put down in order to guide the intended course to be followed, so as to achieve an end.

In planning the timetable, one needs to know personal weaknesses, as to which subjects give him or her hard times in understanding and finding solutions to problems. This helps in the allocation of available studying time.


As indicated above, the main objective of a timetable is to monitor and control progress, and it acts as compass, or blinkers to prevent deviation from the planned course of action.


A timetable should be well defined, with specific pointers in place. It should highlight which activities to conduct, at what time, what to do next, and so forth. It has to be specific in terms of when to do the accounting, history, commerce, biology, or chemistry lessons.


The idea of having the intended course of action laid down is not enough. One needs to be very disciplined and focused in adhering to the laid down procedures. In following the laid course, one should always bear in mind that a timetable imposes discipline or exposes incompetence, hence the need not to be swayed away.

Progress monitoring

The timetable acts as an indicator, it alerts you when you are likely to miss your target, or deadline for a planned achievement. By keeping an eye on the timetable, you will be able to check if you are on track. Compare the actual activities that you should have completed and the actual track record.

By doing so, you will know areas where you are falling behind schedule make adjustments and corrective measures, in good time.


In planning your timetable, one has to be very honest and realistic. Not to make it too ambitious, nor having it aimed too low, it has to be liberal. Allocate your time wisely and where possible give a small leeway time to carter for adjustments where you think you are to miss the target on subject A or subject A.

As schools close, for the long December holiday, it is my hope that students and parents alike have found this article helpful.

To parents, I am aware that you might need to be helped in your day to day operations, at home, or in the fields, but I urge you to always remember giving your children some studying time.

To the school children, please plan your holiday studying well. To who will be traveling, do not forget taking some books with you for studying, wherever you are going to spend your holiday time. Again, please do not forget to study as you play. There is always time to work, play, and study. I wish you all the best.