by Scarlett Hurst and Charize Santiago
Timetables are out and we are getting closer to the first day of Session 1! You may be feeling excited about starting but nervous about how to fit study into your busy life schedule. Well, with our top tips you will become a planning genius:
Hack #1: MyTimetable
Jump on MyTimetable and check out your on-campus class schedule. You will be able to see the class dates and times for the subjects that you have enrolled in. If you have the option to choose a preferred tutorial time, sign up before they fill up! Sign ups are open from Monday 11 February to the beginning of Session 1.
By signing up now you:
- Will be ready for your first week of classes
- Can match your Uni timetable with your personal schedule
- Have time to contact your subject coordinators regarding class clashes or alternate possibilities
Online students –
If you are an online student, your classes will not appear in MyTimetable, however you will be able to view any online classes in the subject outline. Subject outlines will be released two weeks before classes start.
Hack #2: Make it work for you
To plan your timetable, fit your classes and lectures around your personal schedule. You may need to move work shifts around compulsory classes or schedule all of your tutorials on the same day – whatever the need is, make it work for you.
Use the export tool to combine MyTimetable with your calendar and align your commitments in one place. Take into account:
- Commute time to campus
- Extra-curricular commitments
- Full-time work hours
For those studying online, you have the flexibility to manage online meetings and lectures around family, work and travel commitments.
Hack #3: Plan your planner
Once your timetable is finalised, set it out in an organised manner whether it’s online, in a diary or on the wall:
- Colour code all classes and activities
- Add assessments and exams from your subject outline
- Include daily encouragements to get motivated about committing to your plan
- Set reminders for your goals and a timeline for when you will achieve them
Hack #4: Schedule in rest
Finally, also make sure that you give yourself a break in your schedule to avoid burning out. Allocate some regular breaks in your timetable for rest or activities other than studying. These could include: playing sport, listening to music, watching TV shows, reading a book, going to the gym or even just long naps!