A fixed commitment calendar provides you with an aerial view of your weekly schedule. It can help you stay organized and know what to anticipate from day to day. A fixed commitment calendar is also a great tool to use for planning out your study time. You may choose to use a Google Calendar, a paper planner, or whatever works for you!
To get started, fill in your weekly time-bound commitments such as your classes, labs, recurring meetings, and work schedule.
Next, add in time for taking care of yourself and your space (sleep, eating, exercise, laundry, showering, cleaning, etc.) Tip: It is beneficial to keep a regular sleep schedule to maintain consistent energy throughout the day. Aim to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day - even if your class schedule varies day to day!
Then add in time for studying. Keep in mind that you should spend about 2-3 hours per week outside of class studying for every one credit hour (ex: 3 credit class = 6-9 hours of studying). Studying can include homework, tutoring, practice problems, reading, rewriting notes, visiting professor’s office hours, research, writing, etc.
Finally, be sure to add time for fun such as attending events, spending time with friends, exploring South Bethlehem, and more.
Feel free to customize this in a way that works for you! Try color coding or, if using Google Calendar, you can add layers to the calendar for different types of appointments.
|7am||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast||Wake up, get ready, breakfast|
|8am||Free time||BIO 101||Study||BIO 101||Study||BIO Lab||Clean|
|9am||Study||BIO 101||Study||BIO 101||Study||Study||Laundry|
|10am||Study||Study||ENGL 005||Study||ENGL 005||Work study||Clean|
|11am||Study||Study||ENGL 005||Study||ENGL 005||Work study||Study|
|1pm||Tutoring||Study||Study||Study||Work study||Study||LU Football game|
|2pm||Tutoring||HIST 112||Office hour||HIST 112||Work study||Study||LU Football game|
|3pm||Study||HIST 112||MATH 044||HIST 112||MATH 044||Study||LU Football game|
|4pm||Study||Study||MATH 044||Office hour||MATH 044||Study||LU Football game|
|5pm||Study||Work out||Study||Work out||Study||Work out||Study|
|7pm||Free time||Club mtg||Study||Study||Study||LAD event||Free time|
|8pm||Free time||Tutoring||Study||Club mtg||Study||LAD event||Free time|
|9pm||Free time||Tutoring||Study||Study||Study||LAD event||Free time|
|10pm||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow||Prep for tomorrow|