If you have been asking yourself what to put in a study bullet journal, this blog post is for you.
For college students, who love to plan, a study bullet journal is a great choice. It can help you being more organised and keep your personal life separate from your study tasks.
If you want to make a study bullet journal, you really need to decide on what to put in it. Do you want to keep your main journaling in your personal one? Or do you want to use mainly the study one and only use your personal journal on occasions?
I used my personal one only if I needed it, for example appointments that had nothing to do with my studies or self-development. Most of the time, because I spent most of my time on studying and studies related stuff, I used my study bullet journal.
Remember, if it gets overwhelming, just switch back to one journal only.
But if you decided to make a study bullet journal, maybe you are asking yourself, what to even put in there. I can tell you 🙂
I collected 5 essential pages that you need to put in your study bullet journal.
1 A timetable
This is kind of self-explanatory, but this is will be one of your most powerful pages. It is a page, where you see at a glance where you should be now and what you are doing, let‘s say, on friday. It is best if you color code it, give each subject a different color. After a while you don‘t even need to read the text, you just know by color what subject you have. Also write down not only the name of the course but the place and the professor‘s name. If you have any extracurricular activities, note them also in the timetable. That way you have a full view of your week.
2 Semester overview
Also a very important page. This is where you are going to note all of your subjects for the semester. Write down where they are held, by whom, and the e-mail address of the professor, their office hours and where their office is. Write down all of your exams, when they are, where they are. If you have stuff you have to turn in (not homework you have to do every week), note that also. There you have it, all the important data on one page.
(I don’t have a picture of mine)
3 Plans for each day of the week
I did this for my study bullet journal and I found it very useful. For each day of the week take a page and draw a time ladder. First, write in all of your classes for that day. Then write in any other stuff you have to do, like dance practice or study group, that occurs every week on the same day. After that, decide for every day when to wake up. Calculate the time you need to get ready, if you want to add a morning routine, like doing yoga or if you want to quickly read through notes before you leave.
Also, you are going to note the time you want to study each day after getting home (more about this later) and the time you want to relax and get ready for bed. At last, note the time you want to go to bed. This way you have a plan for each day you can refer to. You don‘t have to follow this plan to the t, but it is a big help and kind of a golden thread through the day.
4 Study tracker
This is especially nice to have in exam season. Make a time log for each month and for each day write down how much time you spent studying a subject. It doesn‘t have to be exact to the minute. Just strive for an overview of how much you are studying and if you spend your time equally on your subjects. Also, if you take an exam and get your grade, you can see how much time you needed for that grade. This will help you estimate the time you are going to need for exam preparations. This way of tracking works best with the Pomodoro method.
5 Study plan
This was one of the most helpful pages in my study journal. At the beginning of the semester I sat down and made a study plan. I wrote down all of the days of the week on one page and decided what subject or subjects to study on which day. I considered prepping for the lectures, making homework, rewriting notes, etc. It was not easy to create this plan, but after finishing it, all I had to do was follow it and I was always ahead of due dates and lectures. It also ensures to have a balanced study plan. You don‘t have to think about what you should be studying, you already know what to do on which day. After making this plan, I also wrote the results in my time ladders for each day to complete the plan.
6 Bonus: calendex
If you take notes in your bullet journal, this could be especially helpful for you. Make a calendex and mark all of your exams. Then make a page for every subject. When you take any notes in lectures on a subject, write the page numbers and what the lecture was about on the page you created for the subject. Then you write the page number of this page next to the exam date in your calendex. This way, when you want to prepare for an exam, you look at your calendex, find the date your exam is on and see the page number. On that page you find all the page numbers for your notes.
I had many other pages in my study bullet journal, but these were the most helpful and most used. I could make a flip through of it, if you want to see it, let me know in the comments.
Do you have a study bullet journal? Show me! I would love to see your pictures in the comments 🙂
Thanks for reading 🙂