Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I don’t know how to create a good weekly schedule or use a planner wisely.

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Weekly schedules are a great way to establish a routine for class, studying, work, and leisure activities, making sure you are utilizing your time and energy in the best possible way. Whether online or hard copy, weekly schedules help you visualize your short-term goals. Additionally, we advise creating a monthly planner at the beginning of the semester with all of your major exams, projects, commitments, and deadlines, allowing you to see the “big picture” and plan ahead for particularly difficult weeks. Keep reading for some actions to take and helpful hints on how to create an efficient weekly schedule. And if you want more personalized, detailed help creating a schedule and managing your time, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an Academic Coach!

Actions you can take to create an efficient weekly schedule.

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