Using a Weekly Planner

Using a Weekly Planner


Hi, this is Steven from Academic Skills. Today I’m here to show you how a weekly planner
can be used to manage your weekly deadlines and give you a greater sense of control over
your studies. Let’s start planning your week. You will see that each day in the week is
broken down into a series of half-hourly blocks. It’s important to put all your productive
hours on the schedule. You need to complete one of these weekly planners
each week because each week has slightly different commitments, so 12 copies are needed for a
typical 12 week semester. Get in the habit of doing a new schedule for
the upcoming week on the weekend. The first step is to write all your study
commitments. All the classes you have to attend on a weekly basis. Allocate different colours to different classes
if this makes it easier. Next, you should write in the hours available
for independent study that you can fit in around your classes. These are the times when you focus on
weekly study tasks that are outside your core class program. Try to be specific about what you’ll do
during these times. Don’t just write ‘study’. Lastly, you should schedule your non-university
days. These will be a mixture of independent study
and free time. Again, you should break down exactly what
you will be doing during these times. So now, your weekly planner is ready to use. Don’t forget that you can make
time for study and breaks and a few longer blocks of free time in a week. Now is a good time to start planning your week. Download the template from the Academic Skills
website, and map out your own deadlines now. Good luck planning your week!

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