One of the most important routes to being successful in your studies is effective use of your time. As a student you need to find the right balance between relaxation and study periods. Your studying time is partly fixed already with regular lectures, tutorials and seminars. Essay submission dates and examination dates are also fixed. These fixed times form a framework for the whole session, within which you can organise your study time. You should make a note of all the fixed dates, in your diary or on a wall planner, so that you can plan your tasks for the semester.

Weekly study plans are also an important way of using your time efficiently. Each week you could make a chart, and enter the details for that week, starting with the times of your lectures, and tutorials. Mark in any other commitments you have for that week. It is wise to phase essays or presentations into your study plan over a period of several weeks. Your weekly plan should include reasonable amounts of time for eating, sleeping, travelling, exercising and relaxing. Allocate some time in the week to review your progress.

You should aim to plan private study at times when you know you can study most effectively. It is important to select the best time of day for studying and this is a wholly individual matter. Many people find they can think most clearly during the morning. Others find they do their best work in the evening. Try, as far as possible, to devote at least part of your 'best time' each day to serious study.

Your weekly study plan is only meant to be a guide and so it needs to be both flexible and realistic. Make sure that time is included for relaxation.