Study Timetable Template - Monash University Engineering

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Preparing a Timetable
1.
Draw up a study timetable (see samples below) and block in all activities,
work, lectures, and any household or other responsibilities you may have.
Include meal times and travel time. Be realistic. This should be an actual
timetable, which is possible, not some ideal that can never be achieved.
Make enough copies to cover all the weeks leading up to exams or
assessment.
2.
Work out your most effective study times. When do you study best?
Morning, afternoon or evening?
3.
Consider: Which subjects need the most study and revision? Estimate how
many hours you think you need for each subject and try to match this with
the hours available in your weekly planner.
4.
Block in some study times, preferably 2-4 hours at a time, with 5-10
minutes’ break every 40-50 minutes.
5.
Start at exam periods or due dates for assignments and work backwards,
blocking in more study time in the relevant subject closer to the exam/due
date. Make sure that you prepare for each exam over several days and
don’t fill up the last few days too heavily. Also put in any events which may
affect your study times, such as birthdays, social events and work
functions.
6.
You may want to plan in detail for each study session. Write down which
lecture/topic/text you will be researching/ reviewing. This way, you can
ensure that you will cover all the required information in the times you have
allocated. Consider: What do I want to achieve in this session? (eg:
summary/ notes / list of definitions/ language exercise/ essay plan/ list of
resources/ timeline). Where will I need to study? Do I need access to a
computer/ the internet/ the library?
7.
If you have some smaller amounts of time available for study, consider
how they could be used: skim reading an article, proofing a draft, sorting a
bibliography, organising reference cards, etc. Travel time on public
transport can also be used for reading.
Start using your study timetable. See how well it works. What did you leave out? It
can be changed as you go, but do this consciously: look at what is not working, which
areas you need more time in and change the timetable. This is much better than just
throwing the timetable away. Then you can be sure that you will still cover all the
material you need to.
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Preparing a Timetable
1.
Draw up a study timetable (see samples below) and block in all activities,
work, lectures, and any household or other responsibilities you may have.
Include meal times and travel time. Be realistic. This should be an actual
timetable, which is possible, not some ideal that can never be achieved.
Make enough copies to cover all the weeks leading up to exams or
assessment.
2.
Work out your most effective study times. When do you study best?
Morning, afternoon or evening?
3.
Consider: Which subjects need the most study and revision? Estimate how
many hours you think you need for each subject and try to match this with
the hours available in your weekly planner.
4.
Block in some study times, preferably 2-4 hours at a time, with 5-10
minutes’ break every 40-50 minutes.
5.
Start at exam periods or due dates for assignments and work backwards,
blocking in more study time in the relevant subject closer to the exam/due
date. Make sure that you prepare for each exam over several days and
don’t fill up the last few days too heavily. Also put in any events which may
affect your study times, such as birthdays, social events and work
functions.
6.
You may want to plan in detail for each study session. Write down which
lecture/topic/text you will be researching/ reviewing. This way, you can
ensure that you will cover all the required information in the times you have
allocated. Consider: What do I want to achieve in this session? (eg:
summary/ notes / list of definitions/ language exercise/ essay plan/ list of
resources/ timeline). Where will I need to study? Do I need access to a
computer/ the internet/ the library?
7.
If you have some smaller amounts of time available for study, consider
how they could be used: skim reading an article, proofing a draft, sorting a
bibliography, organising reference cards, etc. Travel time on public
transport can also be used for reading.
Start using your study timetable. See how well it works. What did you leave out? It
can be changed as you go, but do this consciously: look at what is not working, which
areas you need more time in and change the timetable. This is much better than just
throwing the timetable away. Then you can be sure that you will still cover all the
material you need to.
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Preparing a Study Timetable
sample study timetable (on-campus, full-time)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
8-9am
GYM
TRAVEL
GYM
TRAVEL
9-10am
CLASSES
FOOD
STUDY
CLASSES
STUDY
STUDY
SHOPPING
10-11am
(3hrs)
(3hrs)
(3hrs)
LUNCH
11-12
WORK
CHORES
12-1pm
LUNCH
LUNCH
LUNCH
LUNCH
1-2pm
LUNCH
CLASSES
STUDY
2-3pm
TRAVEL
(3.5hrs)
STUDY
CLASSES
STUDY
3-4pm
CLASSES
TRAVEL
(3hrs)
(3.5hrs)
4-5pm
5-6pm
TRAVEL
TRAVEL
DINNER
STUDY
CHORES
(2.5hrs)
6-7pm
DINNER
DINNER
DINNER
DINNER
WORK
7-8pm
DINNER
DINNER
8-9pm
WORK
STUDY
STUDY
STUDY
GO OUT
STUDY
9-10pm
(3hrs)
(3hrs)
(3hrs)
(3hrs)
10-11pm
STUDY
11-12pm
Study hrs:
6
3
6
7.5
5.5
0
6.5
Total study hours per week:
34.5
Subject 1 (hardest):
12
Subject 2 (middle):
8
Subject 3 (middle):
8
Subject 4 (easiest):
6.5
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Preparing a Study Timetable
sample study timetable (off-campus, part-time)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
8-9am
Travel
Travel
Travel
Travel
Travel
9-10am
WORK
WORK
WORK
WORK
WORK
Food
10-11am
Family
Shopping,
11-12
Time
Lunch
12-1pm
Chores
1-2pm
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
2-3pm
WORK
WORK
WORK
WORK
WORK
Study
3-4pm
(in the library)
4-5pm
(3hrs)
5-6pm
Travel
Travel
Travel
Travel
Travel
6-7pm
Dinner
Dinner
7-8pm
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Online
Study
8-9pm
Study
Study
Study
Study
Tutorial
(4hrs)
(2hrs)
(2hrs)
(2hrs)
(2hrs)
9-10pm
10-11pm
11-12pm
Study hrs:
2
2
-
2
4
5
Total study hours per week:
15
Subject 1 (HARDEST):
9
Subject 2 (EASIEST):
6
Plus
Reading time on train:
6 hours approx (10 hours less walking time and work-related reading)
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Preparing a Study Timetable
blank timetable: for you to complete
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
8-9am
9-10am
10-11am
11-12
12-1pm
1-2 m
p
2-3 m
p
3-4 m
p
4-5 m
p
5-6 m
p
6-7 m
p
7-8 m
p
8-9 m
p
9-10pm
10-11pm
11-12pm
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