Long, medium and short-term time management

Good time management aims for long-term goals (passing a unit, graduation), but also considers medium-term and short-term goals in order to achieve them. As a student, you should focus on three main aspects of managing your time: the teaching period (e.g. the semester), the week, and the day. With good planning and time management, you can complete even the most daunting tasks!

The long term: manage your time for the teaching period

Monash planner

In order to complete the many tasks required across the full span of the teaching period (e.g. a semester), it’s useful to make a ‘master plan’. This will enable you to be prepared not only for all your assessments, but also to build your knowledge for each unit and ensure you have done adequate revision for your final assessments.

When planning your teaching period, it’s a good idea to have a visual overview as well as a week-by-week breakdown. This can be a wall planner plus a diary, or an online calendar. With your Monash email account, you will have access to a Google Calendar. Instructions on how to use your Google Calendar are available on the eSolutions website.

The medium term: manage your time for the week

A full-time study load is estimated at approximately 35-40 hours a week. This estimate includes the time it takes to complete your assessments, as well as prepare for classes, revise your class material, and study for final assessments (exams). There is a lot to try to fit into those hours!

Screenshot of a weekly plan in Google calendar

The short term: manage your time daily

The following is a list of tips and advice on planning your day so your time is used to its utmost efficiency.