Planning is key to staying on top of tasks when life gets busy. For study it is helpful to have a:
A semester planner will help you keep track of when assignments are due plus other life events that you need to plan around. This will help you see when life will get busy and enable you to plan ahead. There are many ways to do this, you could use a calendar app on your phone or computer, print an A3 planner or carry around a diary. Work out what works best for you.
Semester Planner Example 1 – See the whole semester on one A3 page, put in assignment due dates, work shifts, church commitments, etc.
Semester Planner Example 2 – In this A3 planner each column is a week and each row is a unit or life area. Record major events for each unit or life area to see what’s happening when
Map out all your classes plus weekly life commitments. This will help you see where you can schedule in both study and rest time. If you’ve got big chunks of time on some days try to break it up into specific tasks. This will help you manage your time well each week.
Example Timetable – You can use this excel table to map out your week. There is an example plus a blank timetable you can fill in. It works out to be A5 once printed.
Each day list out what needs to be done that day, identify your most important tasks and decide when you will work on them.
For planning you may find the following documents helpful. They are all available on Moodle:
- Unit Outline – located within your enrolled units
- Assessment Schedule – located on the Assessment page under ‘Assessment Schedule, Guides, and Policies’
- Academic and Events Calendar – located on the Calendar and timetable page under ‘Calendars & Key Dates’
- Student Calendar – located on the Calendar and timetable page under ‘Calendars & Key Dates’