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Plan your time

Juggling clocks

Sometimes it feels like you have lots of free time at university, but using it wisely is a key to enjoying your university experience. Here are a few strategies and suggestions. See what works for you.

Tap into your energy rhythms

  • Think about your concentration and creativity peaks. We are all different and have peak performance times. When you are planning your study activities, try to do the subjects you find hardest or most demanding at your peak concentration times. Explore your daily rhythm patterns.
  • Plan to do the tasks that require less thinking capacity and more physical energy in your low peak concentration times.
"I found that afternoons straight after lunch were my lowest concentration times, so I'd usually do all my library searching and photocopying then instead of working on doing physics. Most of the time, though, I'd get the most amazing ideas for my English essay when I was swimming at the end of my uni day.
— Anna

Plan study timetables and assignments using your Student Diary. It has:

  • a year or semester planner
  • a weekly timetable
  • and daily to do lists!

You might like to use paper versions like this.

Or you may like to use electronic organising devices with voice and sound. Some people use a combination. Use what suits you and find a system that works for you!

Most importantly, you have to be able to realistically access and use your planning systems!

Here are some more suggestions.

  • Work from the broader time scale through to weekly lists to fill in your known commitments and deadlines.
  • Set up prioritised To Do lists in your Student Diary with tick boxes next to them. You can buy Post-It notes with To Do tick boxes.
  • Try using one system to organise all your university, social and work commitments.
  • Remember to allow time for eating, de-stressing activities and fun too!
  • Have you tried setting a reminder on your mobile to remind you to start an essay?
  • Colour code to distinguish study time, social activities, work demands, free time and emergency time for unexpected events.
  • Use Post-It notes and put them where you will see them!
  • Balance your daily schedule to suit your learning preferences!
  • Always remember to leave some blank spaces in your schedule for the unexpected events of life!
  • Have a look at a sample of a completed timetable in the QuickRef on Study Methods.
  • Download a Word document Download a copy of a Blank Timetable and fill it in yourself.
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