Managing your time with a weekly study schedule

It's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to balance course work, extracurriculars, free time and any other commitments you may have during university. These tips will help you manage your time.
March 18, 2022

Make your own schedule

Use this template to create your own schedule. First, fill in scheduled commitments (class, work, appointments, etc.). Next, fill in the time to study (allow two hours of study time for each hour in class). Include time for meals, sleep, exercise and fun!

More time management tips

  • Use a calendar or agenda to keep a written record of your class schedule, due dates and activities.
  • Make daily or weekly to-do lists rather than relying on your short-term memory to keep track of what you need to get done. Check off items as you complete them.

  • Rank the items on your to-do list in terms of importance. Consider what is due first but also the time it’ll take to complete.
  • Some people work best when they get smaller tasks out of the way first, while others prefer to start with time-consuming work, leaving easy, quick tasks for the end of the day.
  • Set out specific time for your tasks and stick to your plan. Time constraints will help you focus and be more productive within a set time.
  • Be sure to leave time open for you to relax and do activities you enjoy.
  • Over-commitment can lead to poor time management.
  • Learning to say no will help you find a balance between your commitments and time to relax, and keep you from tiring yourself out.

Get personalized, one-on-one academic support

You can improve your grades and develop the skills you need to succeed in university with help from one-on-one appointments. The academic skills team is here to help.

  • Academic coaching (30 minutes): Meet with an upper-year academic coach to create a study plan, chat about test-taking strategies and learn how to use your lecture notes to study. Learn about academic coaching.
  • Holistic academic support (50 minutes): Meet with a professional education expert to get holistic academic support, monitor your progress, build academic resilience and more.
  • Writing support (50 minutes): Book an appointment with a writing advisor, offered by the Writing Centre. They can help you at any stage in the writing process, in any academic discipline. Learn about the Writing Centre.

Book appointments on OSCARplus, under Student Success Centre > Appointments > Academic Skills.