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Study Timetable


One of the hardest things about being a student isn't necessarily the actual work we'll be doing, but rather finding the time to DO that work. We all lead busy lives, we procrastinate, and there's always something we'd rather be watching on Netflix than doing homework. One of the best ways to make sure we've got the time to study is to create a study timetable. Before you cringe at the term, check out the 3 steps below for making a study timetable that you will actually stick to.


Step 1: Determine the 'non-negotiables' 

Most people mistakenly begin making a timetable by zealously filling it with study. This is a massive mistake. By putting in the study blocks first, students overcommit to hours that are unrealistic and that can't be adhered to. This often leads to students getting stressed, overwhelmed, and ultimately giving up on the entire process of using a timetable at all.

Instead, we suggest that you list all the activities that you love doing during the week and the things that you just don't want to compromise on. Then you should nominate a time that you would most likely allocate to these activities. For example, a list might look like this:

Basketball: Mondays, 6pm - 7:30pm and Sundays 2pm - 4pm

Xbox: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm - 8pm, Weekends 3pm - 6pm

Seeing friends: Weekends, 11am - 6pm 

Netflix: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Social media: Daily, 5pm - 6pm

Work shift: Saturdays, 10am - 2pm

Of course, it's difficult to know in advance each activity you will do. Nobody wants to live life on such a tight schedule, but getting a rough estimation of when you do things will be a good start. Once you have identified the key times for activities, you can move to step 2. 


Step 2: Put in the fun stuff first


Once you have identified all the leisure and extra-curricular activities, the next step is to put those activities into the study timetable (click on the timetable above to access a digital version).


Step 3: Put study in the gaps


Once you have put in all your activities, you will notice that the study timetable has many blank spaces or gaps left in it. These gaps are the times that you can study in. Rather than putting in specific tasks here, you should just nominate these time blocks for studying. If you don't have any blank spaces left over, perhaps it's worth thinking about what activities you can remove. 

By reversing the process of organising a study timetable (fun stuff first, study second), we reverse the perception of a study-timetable. It is no longer a study-timetable that life has to fit around, it is a life-timetable that study fits around. This means that you're prioritising the things you love, while still leaving plenty of time to study. In turn, this means you're willing to study in those periods because you know that you are not sacrificing the things that you want to do. 


Extra tip: Sticking to your plan

Also, it's important to keep in mind that this study timetable should be used as a guide, not as a rule book. The aim is not to stick to it 100% and live life by such regimented time-slots. If you can stick to the timetable 60% of the time, that should be considered a 'win'. Sometimes you will get to a study timeslot and you will just feel like relaxing - that's fine! Equally, you may get 30 minutes into an X-box game or find that you've had enough snapchat for the day and decide it's time to hit the books. Either way, plan in advance and stay flexible too! Good luck!


Extra tip: Dealing with parents

It can be pretty frustrating to hear your parents say, "are you doing enough study?" A great way to get around this is to print/email your study timetable, give your parents a copy and say "this is my plan. I will try my best to stick to it. I still need my week to be flexible, but here's a snapshot of the times I plan to be studying in." Alternatively, you can even sit down and make the timetable together.  This will help your parents see that you're being responsible and it will also keep you accountable because they now have a copy too. 


If you haven't already, get your timetable by clicking on the image above. You can fill it in online or print it off and do it by hand. Good luck! 


Submitted by joshuq on Monday, 08/05/17 - 08:23pm

this is great

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Submitted by on Monday, 08/05/17 - 08:32pm

Glad to hear Josh! Remember to update it every couple of weeks so that it stays relevant to you life! Good luck and any questions, let us know in the comments!

Submitted by Terence on Thursday, 20/07/17 - 06:57pm

you cant even download it

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Submitted by on Thursday, 20/07/17 - 07:03pm

HI Terence, If you head to 'step 2' and click on the image, you'll see it will open in a new tab in your browser. You should be able to download it from there. Let us know if you have any trouble, and good luck with the timetable! The Elevate Team

Submitted by Ashleigh Lane on Wednesday, 03/04/19 - 04:31pm

You need to click on the picture of the timetable.

Submitted by Unknown on Saturday, 22/07/17 - 03:01pm

You cant fill it in on line? is there a pdf you can download or an excel document? Thanks.

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Submitted by Unknown on Tuesday, 25/07/17 - 06:42pm

If you click on the image of the planner it should open in a new window Once opened you can fill it in, download it and away you go! good luck :)

Submitted by Unknown on Tuesday, 22/08/17 - 01:29pm

could you guys please make us a timetable so like make the grid

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Submitted by Unknown on Thursday, 15/02/18 - 10:01am

Hi there, if you click on the image of the timetable it will open in a new window and you'll be able to download the template.

Submitted by Isabelle on Wednesday, 30/08/17 - 03:13pm

hello i like pokemon and this is a great timetable

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Submitted by Henry on Wednesday, 21/02/18 - 04:50pm

I like pokemon too and this is indeed a great timetable

Submitted by Unknown on Sunday, 06/05/18 - 07:34pm

can't download it cheers ba

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Submitted by Unknown on Monday, 07/05/18 - 08:57am

Hi there, just click on the image of the timetable and it will open for you :)

Submitted by Caleb McCarthy on Wednesday, 06/02/19 - 05:32pm

This is really helpful and inspiring to do

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Submitted by Nikita on Wednesday, 20/02/19 - 03:47pm

Omergurd I always wanted this, thank you for the great assistance.

Submitted by Ben on Wednesday, 20/02/19 - 03:49pm

For those who are having trouble downloading the study timetable PDF. Click on the second picture of the study the timetable, to download it.

Submitted by Fizza on Friday, 08/03/19 - 05:28pm

I love this !!!

Submitted by Andre on Wednesday, 29/05/19 - 06:39pm

Hi this really helped me to plan my day in an organised manner

Submitted by Brianna on Wednesday, 05/06/19 - 05:53pm

This is awesome! I love how I can fill it out online. Thanks Elevate!

Submitted by Unknown on Monday, 22/07/19 - 05:04pm

Click on the image for the pdf

Submitted by Unknown on Sunday, 17/11/19 - 03:30am


Submitted by Unknown on Sunday, 17/11/19 - 03:30am


Submitted by Lachlan Crossle on Saturday, 15/08/20 - 10:25pm