A student's guide to tracking personal studying and the academic year
@studyalix has very kindly written a blog for us on how to use your bullet journal to aid your studies.
I’m Alix, a study blogger/influencer on Instagram (@studyalix), and I have decided to collaborate with the incredible ‘The Ink Pot’ to write a little guide on how I track my studying, homework due and important dates in the academic year with my incredible bullet journal from The Ink Pot.
Firstly, my favourite spreads to make are weekly ones. They are created so that there is enough room to write under every day of the week (Monday to Friday) a small plan of what needs to be done or any important notes that are needed for the week. An example would be: Physics test Friday 22nd April at 2:30pm.
Along with a rough spread I love to make To-Do lists for weekly homework due to keep a track of my progress and to see what needs to still be completed and also for studying. I normally make these throughout the week on a daily basis rather than a weekly one so I can work out new topics as the week continues so that I’m recalling the newest content I’ve learned along with revising older information to refreshen my memory.
At the beginning of each week rather than making an initial To-Do List I personally find making a target sheet/spread more benefical. These are basically a page with all the subjects you want to study (for myself it is always all of them) that week and how much time you wish to allocate to studying each of them. I try to aim for at least 4-5 hours studying each subject a week. However, along with looking at my weekly planner, I like to see what subjects should be prioritised each week and alter it with regards to tests coming up etc.
Alongside my academic studies in school I am also an extreme language enthusiast studying six foreign languages, three in school and three at home. With that comes a lot of time and planning. My Ink Pot Bullet journal helps greatly with recording my progress. Each month I like to make a spread recording what I want to achieve and my targets in the language (I do this for each language). This helps me focus and stay determined to reach my initial goals so I can reflect at the end of the month. In regards to vocabulary and grammar, two critical aspects of language learning, I tend to make trackers and challenges. I love making challenges such as ‘30 Day Grammar Challenge’ where I need to study a different grammar note everyday for a month. Using my journal daily to log this keeps me in sync with my studies and helps with my motivation. Despite my studying being in regards to languages many of these methods are transferable to other fields of study and subjects. I have used bullet journals for a long time in regards to academics, for example I have used trackers to make sure I’m studying definitions for science and geography and I have made study logs to track my exam paper practices everyday! There are many ways to track your progress and plan with your bullet journal for school! These are by far the must essential for myself and I find them the most effective. Using my Ink Pot Journal has made the process much easier!