The best way to prepare for your studies is to plan out your semester.

Follow these four easy steps to help you keep ahead of the game this year:

  1. Create your schedule 
  2. Use your Syllabus 
  3. Write in Due Dates and Events 
  4. Add Daily Tasks

1. Create your schedule 

Grab a diary planner or a calendar, whichever works best for you, to plan out your semester. 

Decide whether you want to do it in writing, or on your computer.

2. Use your Syllabus 

Once you get your syllabus for the semester, take note of all the work you will be doing. 

Look out for assignment due dates and test days. Determine how much work will need to be done for each. This way you will be able to figure out how many days in your schedule it will take up.

3. Write in Due Dates and Events 

Now it is time to jot down all those assignment due dates and test days into your planner.

Be sure to also include any important personal days so that you have no clashes in your schedule.

A great idea would be to highlight your due dates, test days and personal events in different colours to distinguish them from one another.

4. Add Daily Tasks

After including everything into your planner and determining how much time you will need to spend working towards each. You need to break each up into daily tasks leading up to those important days.

Doing this will help you to make sure that you do not procrastinate and fall behind in any of your work.

Take a look at our tips on How to Create a Study Guide to help guide you through your work.

A woman planning her semester on a calendar with the Bellview logo in the corner

What are the Benefits of Planning your Semester?

When you plan your semester, it will not only help you to be more organised, but will also:

Maintain your Stress Levels 

Planning out your semester will prevent you from falling behind in your work, allowing you to be well prepared ahead of time. 

As a result, you will not have to worry about any last minute cramming.

Improve your Grades

Studying the work in advance gives you the time and opportunity to go over any work you are still struggling with before your due dates or test days. 

This means that you will have enough time to ensure that you are confident in your studies, and can achieve higher grades.

Save you Time 

When you have your days all set out, it saves you the time and effort to figure out what you need to do each day. 

You will be able to study little by little, or do parts of your assignments each day, instead of trying to do everything at once and becoming overwhelmed.

Help to Avoid Clashes

Not only will you be planning your studies, but also your social life. 

You can leave open days and work your personal events around your study days. This will ensure that there are no clashes in your schedule, and you can do both without worries. 

If you are working and studying, you can follow our tips by clicking here.

Enroll, Plan, Succeed!

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Kayla Preston
Date Published: 11 January 2021