Planning & study strategies

Learn how to manage your assessments and study efficiently with planning and note taking strategies, and how to reduce stress and access support.

Session, term and weekly planners

Session planner

A session planner provides an overview of all of your assessments across all units for the session. It allows you to plot due dates and plan when you should be starting and completing each of the tasks associated with preparing each assessment. To learn more about preparing for assessments, and the tasks involved see the assessment preparation cycle in Preparing for assessments.

Allocating specific tasks to each week can help keep you on track with completing your assessments on time. You will find editable session planners under Getting Started at SCU on the Learning Zone Quick Guides page.

Click on the hotspots in the image below to learn the steps for completing a session planner:

Term planner

A term planner follows the same logic and process as a session planner. To learn the steps for completing a term planner, please follow the same steps as described above. The key difference is that terms require more time be spent on assessment preparation tasks each week, since there are less weeks between assessment due dates. See the example term planner below. You will find editable term planners under Getting Started at SCU on the Learning Zone Quick Guides page.

Weekly planner

A weekly planner allows you to plot in your fixed commitments and allocate time to completing specific weekly tasks such as working through your unit modules, additional readings, and preparing your assessments. As a priority, remember to always keep your assessment tasks in mind as you work through your weekly activities.

Before preparing a weekly planner, it can be helpful to remember that the key to managing your time rests on valuing what you do, prioritising and organising your activities.

Reflecting on your preferences and characteristics is also essential to ensure you plan a weekly study schedule that is realistic and achievable, includes time for other commitments and allows time to rest and play. Consider the following:

Tips for creating an effective weekly planner

Once you have considered your values and priorities and reflected on the optimal conditions for a realistic and achievable study schedule, try allocating time to specific study tasks. This can help you keep on track with what you need to be completing each week and can save you time deciding what you should be doing each study day.

Keep in mind that it is recommended that students studying in a 12 week session allocate approximately 10 hours per week per unit to self-directed study, while those studying in a 6 week term allocate approximately 20 hours per week per unit.  

You will find editable weekly planners under Getting Started on the Learning Zone Quick Guides page.

Click on the hotspots in the following example weekly planner to follow the steps for completing an efficient study schedule.  

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