Create a Study Schedule

Review your course outlines and schedule all your assignments and tests/exams


Use a calendar to map out your 4-month agenda.
Assess the amount of time you have for studying. Look at your class schedule, work schedule, extra-curricular activities and commitments to friends and family, and then look at how much time you have to study.
Complete the 168 hour week (PDF) to determine your time and make a weekly schedule using the timetable planning form (PDF).

Identify when and where you study best.
Use a 168 hour schedule (PDF) to write down all upcoming activities (including classes) and then track when and where you study best. Adjust your study schedule as needed. If one of your locations has too many distractions (bed! TV!), study somewhere else. Also, if you're always tired after work, find a time where you are more alert and rested.

Use assignment due dates and scheduled exams as deadlines and break your assignments and study goals into tasks that can be done over a number of weeks
The U of Toronto has an assignment calculator that breaks written assignments into steps and provides you with deadlines for those steps.

Use your schedule, listed due dates, and list of tasks to create a to-do list that you will revise daily and weekly. To-do lists will always need to be revised, but try to keep them relatively short.
Task analysis (PDF) will help you divide up assignments and determine study goals. Goal setting (PDF) is an important part of establishing a to-do list, but the goals need to be specific and relevant.

September 1, 2016