Organising and managing your study time is an essential skill towards developing student academic autonomy and achieving study success. The following steps and examples are designed to help get you started.
1. Identify Study Workload
2. Identify Available Time to Study
commitments that may impact your availability.
3. Colour Code Units
Assessments can be indicated with an additional code (i.e. highlighted or symbolised).
4. Allocate Time General Study
Allocate time for general unit study in three ways:
5. Allocate Time to Assignments
It is very important to allocate sufficient time to complete the assignment tasks for each unit. To do this you should:
6. Create Your Timetable
You are now ready to create your study timetable.
You read your subject course outline and identify you have a 2-hour lecture each week. You schedule the following: two hours for pre-lecture readings; the 2-hour lecture; and 1 hour for note-making after the lecture. You also note that the subject has three assessment tasks—a journal, an essay, and an exam.
Your reflective journal is due in Week 13. You calculate you will need to spend 1 hour/week to keep on top of your journal so you schedule a weekly 1-hour slot at the end of each work to work on your journal following completion of your weekly required readings and lecture. This time slot ensures your journaling remains synchronised with your in-lecture learning.
Your essay is due in Week 10. You calculate that you will need about 30 hours to unpackage the question, brainstorm, research, draft, and edit your essay. You schedule 3 hours each week in your study timetable so that you can progressively work on your essay. This approach allows you to keep on track and complete your essay on time without feeling a last-minute sense of pressure before the due date.
Your exam is also in Week 13. Each week you schedule 2 hours of pre-lecture reading and 1 hour for note-making after the lecture. This will help you feel more prepared for your exam.