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Fall 2021 Semester Planning Guide
This tool will help you stay organized in your classes, prioritize your work, and find balance across your responsibilities. You can download it as a PDF here or as a Microsoft Word Document here. You can print the guide or use it digitally. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us or book a free Time Management Consultation in the TutorZone!
To use the semester guide, follow the instructions below:
- Begin by filling in your classes in the top row. You can also use columns for any job you might have, extra-curriculars, test-prep for graduate school entry exams like the GRE, etc. Feel free to add or remove columns to suit your needs.
- For each of your classes, use your syllabi to fill in deadlines for big ticket items. These can include tests, papers, group projects, lab reports, presentations, etc. It does not include homework, reading assignments, or other small regular course requirements.
- Use the guide to keep yourself informed and prioritize work as the semester goes on. Do you have a week where you have several big items due? What can you work ahead on and when? If you have multiple items due at once, what assignment has the largest impact on your grade?
Weekly Time Management
- Weekly Schedule: Use this hourly template to create a weekly routine for yourself, or plan out individual busy weeks. Block out your classes, when you plan to study and do your homework, when you plan to attend your professors' office hours, when you have work, and when you have extra-curricular responsibilities. Be sure you also block out time to rest and relax! You can block out time for meals, for exercise, for spending time doing something that makes you happy, etc.
- Weekly To-Do List: Break down your responsibilities into categories to help you prioritize your work. You can break up assignments over multiple days so that your work is balanced across the week, or you can work more on certain days to give yourself more free time on others. It is up to you!
If you are trying to get organized and don't know where to begin, or if you feel like you don't have enough time, try our Time Assessment Worksheet. It will help you learn how you are currently spending your time, on a daily and weekly basis. Once you are aware of how you are using your time, you can identify what you want to change. You can download the worksheet as a PDF here or as a Microsoft Word Document here.